- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A total of $1.6 million in grants is going to six Maine projects to improve local infrastructure and spur investment in those communities.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced the Northern Border Regional Commission grants on Tuesday.

Among the recipients, the town of Jay will be getting $250,000 to upgrade a municipal road and to spur private investment in a quarrying operation and granite curbing plant. Other grants are going to create a high speed fiber optic network in Old Town and to upgrade the Lincolnville sewer district’s shoreline wastewater system.

The Northern Boarder Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership that was created by the U.S. Congress in 2008 to help alleviate economic distress and encourage job creation in northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.

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