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Welcome to the Northeast Kingdom!
The Northeast Kingdom is known for its pastoral landscapes, year-round fun and honest people.
NVDA serves the 55 municipalities in this northeastern corner of Vermont as the Regional Planning Commission. We assist with regional and municipal land use and Transportation Planning.
NVDA also serves the businesses in the Kingdom and encourages sustainable economic growth as the Regional Economic Development Corporation.
We encourage you to discover the rich traditions and natural wonders enjoyed in these three counties of Caledonia, Essex and Orleans.
NEK REAP Zone Notice of Solicitation of Applications
Vermont NEK REAP Zone
Notice of Solicitation of Applications: Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG)
LETTER OF INTENT DUE: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday, April 15, 2016
USDA Rural Development invites applications to compete for FY16 funding for the Rural Business Development Grant program.
Eligible applicants for grant funds include non-profits, municipalities, development corporations, and state agencies.
To compete for the Vermont state allocation applicants must follow these steps:
• Submit a letter of intent. USDA Rural Development requires letters of intent be submitted to both USDA Rural Development and the NEK Collaborative in order to provide timely feedback about an application’s competiveness and to ensure that a proposed project supports one or more goals outlined in the NEK Collaborative Strategic Plan.. Letters of intent are due to Rural Development and the NEK Collaborative by close of business Tuesday, February 16, 2016
• Submit an application. An original signed application is due to Rural Development by close of business Friday, April 15, 2016.
• Attend an Applicant collaboration workshop (optional). This meeting of potential applicants will be hosted by the NEK Collaborative and is intended to provide potential applicants an opportunity to meet, one another, learn about proposed projects, and consider potential collaborations. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 17, at the Barton Vermont Municipal Building, at 3:30pm. While applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting, they are not required to do to be considered for USDA Rural Developemnt Funding.
To learn more about the program, visit the following website: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants/vt
NEK 2016 REAP Zone Strategic Plan
2016 Rural Economic Action Partnership Startegic Plan for the Northeast Kingdom-
To maintain the REAP Zone designation, the NEK Collaborative works with organizations and communities to develop and maintain a required strategic plan for the Northeast Kingdom. This plan highlights priorities set by the residents, businesses, and organizations across the region for community and economic development.
The full 2016 Plan is available here- 2016 NEK REAP Strategic Plan
2016 Legislative Breakfast ScheduleLegislative Breakfasts will be held in NEWPORT at the East Side Restaurant (7:30am-8:45am) Moderator, William Davies. Jan. 25 / General Discussion; Feb. 22 / Sen Starr, Reps Marcotte & Lefebvre; Mar. 28 / Sen Rodgers, Reps Young & Viens; Apr. 25 / Sen Starr, Reps Strong & Higley; May 16 / Sen Rodgers, Reps Batchelor & Show; June 13 /General Discussion-open to all. ST.JOHNSBURY at the St. Johnsbury House (8:00-9:00 am) the last Monday of Jan through June. Moderator, Gretchen Hammer.
NVDA's Board of Directors Elected New Officers for 2016At NVDA's Annual Meeting on September 17, 2015, the Board of Directors elected officers for 2016: President, Fred Saar (Caledonia County); Vice President, Mark Whitworth (Caledonia County); Vice President, Joel Cope (Essex County); Vice President, John Morley (Orleans County); Secretary/Treasure, Tom Robinson (At-Large).
NVDA Distributes Monthly Economic Development Progress Reports
The NEK Economic Development Initiative was announced in September 2012, by Bill Stenger and partners. NVDA continues to receive inquiries about the NEK projects, employment opportunities, infrastructure improvements, transportation plans, housing impacts, and timelines. To connect and share information, NVDA distributes a monthly e-mail Progress Report containing information on work-in-progress, links and contact information, EB-5 status updates, and meeting announcements. The Reports are sent electronically at the end of each month to a broad community audience of residents, businesses, municipalities and stakeholders. Back issues are available for reference on this website: Resources & Opportunities / Studies and Reports / Newsletter Archives.