- Associated Press - Friday, September 26, 2014

VERNON, Vt. (AP) - More than two dozen organizations and businesses are seeking part of the funding that the owner of the soon-to-close Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has pledged for economic development in Windham County.

The Vermont Economic Progress Council says 26 applicants - from towns, hospitals and private businesses - have sent in proposals for part of Entergy’s $2 million in the first round.

Entergy has promised a total of $10 million over five years. The area is expected to lose nearly 600 jobs when the plant closes at the end of the year.

The Rutland Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1rgL9B6) that the Agency of Commerce is expected to review the proposals. The council will make recommendations to the governor, who is expected to decide before the end of December who will get the funding.

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