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VTrans and ACCD award economic development grants to Brighton, St Albans and Windsor

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2017-03-10

As seen in the Vermont Business Magazine: http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/march/vtrans-and-accd-award-economic-deve...

Note that VCRD wrapped up our Brighton Community Visit process in January 2017 where the community chose to prioritize work to "Revitalize and Beautify the Downtown." We are thrilled to see Brighton receive this $75K grant -- a huge boost toward helping them meet their goal!

Vermont Business Magazine As part of an ongoing partnership to revitalize community centers and increase transportation options, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) are pleased to announce the Better Connections (BC) Grant Program has funded 3 projects that align land use planning and community revitalization efforts with transportation investments.

Grant Winners:

  • The Town of Brighton's grant will grow the local economy with a plan to improve the streetscape and create more opportunities for residents and tourists to walk, shop and enjoy the scenic beauty of Island Pond.
  • The City and Town of St¬†Albans will develop a plan to improve safety and accessibility along Route 7, strengthening the connection between the downtown and its northern commercial and employment centers, and improving transportation options for the region's most vulnerable.
  • The Town of Windsor will create an action plan to guide downtown commercial and industrial redevelopment, improve housing affordability in surrounding neighborhoods, and explore ideas to reconnect to the Connecticut River - making Windsor a great place to live, work and do business.

"Vermonters depend upon their transportation system to provide access to work, school, shopping and other activities. We need to collaborate with communities and coordinate public polices and investments in order to grow our economy and improve quality of life for all Vermonters," said Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn. "This inter-agency collaboration is doing just that by supporting communities to plan and grow in a way that integrates transportation and land use planning with economic development decision making."

"This exciting agency partnership aligns state and local transportation investments to strengthen the economy, improve our quality of life and make Vermont more affordable for families and businesses" said Housing and Community Development Commissioner Katie Buckley.

Annually, the program grants approximately $200,000 in funding to help Vermont communities plan for future transportation investments that support economic development. For more information, visit the grant website at http://vtrans.vermont.gov/planning/projects-programs/better-connections.