Vermonts Congressional Delegation held a press conference Monday

Vermont’s Congressional Delegation held a press conference Monday afternoon to highlight the many Vermont projects included in the federal appropriations bills that were recently signed into law and indicate that more may be included in the final package of bills working its way through Congress. The Northeast Kingdom is slated to receive CDS funding for several projects. Bernie Sanders announced $42.5 million in funding for 36 projects, including affordable housing, child care, infrastructure, clean energy and water, and rural development. Sander’s projects in the NEK include $1,533,000 for the Town of Danville to expand walk and bike infrastructure in the village to improve pedestrian safety and connect to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. There is also $1,500,000 for Rural Edge to advance the housing project at the former Sacred Heart school and convent in Newport that will create an additional 24 housing units in Newport. Other projects funded through Sanders’ requests include: $75,000 for Northeast Kingdom Community Action to develop a childcare center in Canaan, and $125,000 for Canaan Naturally Connected to establish a community gathering place at the Episcopal church building which requires renovations and accessibility improvements. Sanders also noted $2,500,000 for manufactured housing throughout Vermont; and $2.5 million to install advanced electric meters through Washington Electric Cooperative, which serves a portion of the NEK.