Governor pushes for community development, action on housing and infrastructure

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Proclaims April 11-15 Community Development Week

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott signed a proclamation declaring April 11-15 Community Development Week. The designation and proclamation focus on the success and impact of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which funds housing and economic development projects and public services in communities across the state.

“Ensuring that all Vermont communities have the opportunity to recover, grow and prosper is one of the most important things we can do to set Vermont on the path to a more prosperous future. all of our 251 cities and towns,” Scott said. “Giving tools to communities, families and workers who have been left behind for far too long is exactly why the Community Development Block Grant program has been so valuable and why we should step up our efforts to increase the economic equity from one region to another.

CDBG is a federal program championed by the Vermont Congressional Delegation and administered by the Vermont Community Development Program with the Agency for Commerce and Community Development.

It provides millions of dollars in funding each year for projects that help create jobs and housing, provide essential services like child care, and improve infrastructure and facilities throughout Vermont.

In the past year alone, $10 million in grants have been awarded to cities and towns, leveraging more than $84 million in other investments.

In addition to funds available through CDBG, Governor Scott has made community-building a cornerstone of his agenda, focusing his $1 billion proposal for federal American Rescue Plan Act funds on concrete projects aimed at transforming communities statewide.

These proposals, pending consideration by the Legislative Assembly, include historic investments to expand housing, broadband and cellular service; improve essential water supply, sewage and wastewater treatment infrastructure; fighting climate change; and to help employers survive and grow after the pandemic.

To view the Governor’s ARPA proposals, visit https://governor.vermont.gov/arpa.

To view the Community Development Week proclamation, visit https://governor.vermont.gov/content/community-development-week-proclamation-22-045.

4.12.2022. Montpelier, VT www.vermont.gov

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