- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Northern Border Regional Commission is giving Maine nearly $2 million and New Hampshire about $1.5 million to improve infrastructure and provide job training skills around the states.

The regional commission is a federal-state partnership to help distressed communities in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.

In Maine, the money will fund projects that spur development and grow the economy in the northern, western and central parts of the state. In New Hampshire, 12 grants will be awarded to mostly northern community projects.

The Eastern Slope Airport in Fryeburg, Maine, will receive $250,000 for the construction of a new aircraft hangar to attract visitors and outside investors. Although in Maine, New Hampshire’s state partners were impressed by the project’s heavy economic impact on the Mt. Washington Valley region.

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