PTV Awards Economic Development Grants to Four Vermont Communities
Efforts to use historic places to revitalize communities and provide workforce development in Canaan, Bradford, Hardwick, and Bridgewater, Vermont will get a boost thanks to grants awarded this month by the Preservation Trust of Vermont (PTV). The Trust's Interim President, Liz Gamache notes, "At this time of the health and economic crisis due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this funding is more important than ever because it will support efforts to rebuild and creatively move local, rural economies forward in the future."
These grants are made possible by a $1 million award from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) to the Preservation Trust of Vermont, along with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, Maine Preservation and the Preservation League of New York State. Through an innovative collaboration, these four organizations have evenly split the award to provide grants to fifteen projects in four states.
"By investing in their historic structures these communities are creating spaces that will bring a brighter economic future to rural Vermont and New England. Their creative reuse for co-working, job training and value-added agriculture offers a model for other communities searching for strategies to revitalize their local economies," said U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The funding for this award comes from a $4 million set aside to focus on helping communities reviving their forest-based economies. Leahy created the set aside within the Northern Border Regional Commission's annual funding in 2018.