- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) - The Northern Border Regional Commission is awarding a $200,000 grant to a campaign that markets North Country tourist attractions, retailers, hotels and restaurants.

New Hampshire Grand says it will use the money to upgrade its website and expand its public relations and marketing efforts.

Once the upgrades are completed, New Hampshire Grand’s website will feature interactive mapping, customized trip planning and action shots of tourist attractions such as the ATV trail network, rafting and fishing.

NH Grand partners with local retailers, chambers of commerce and tourist attractions such as The Cog Railway to promote events and activities.

“NH Grand’s cooperative marketing partners have experienced considerable growth,” said marketing director Karl Stone. “The Mount Washington Cog Railway enjoyed it second straight record year, ELC Rafting is expanding and the popularity of the 1,000-plus mile “Ride the Wilds” trail network has skyrocketed.”

The Northern Border Regional Commission is charged with spurring economic development and creating jobs in the economically distressed areas of northern Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.

The region covers 14 counties in New York (Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Oswego, Seneca and St. Lawrence), six counties in Vermont (Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Orleans), four counties in New Hampshire (Carroll, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan), and 12 counties in Maine (Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and Washington).

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