- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - An amendment recently passed by a congressional committee would help businesses on a former Navy base in Maine to qualify for a federal program that aims to encourage job growth and economic development.

The amendment, which Maine Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin helped draft, would adjust the requirements of the HUBZone program to ensure that recently closed military bases, like the Naval Air Station Brunswick, could benefit from it. It was passed by the House Armed Services Committee last week.

Poliquin says Maine’s congressional delegation and local officials have been working to bring more jobs to the community by including the former base in the program since it closed in 2011.

The proposal would also allow businesses near the base to become eligible for the program.

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