Hospital, Grafton County Incubator Receive Northern Borders Grants
CONCORD— The Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook and the Grafton County Economic Development Council in Plymouth will receive grants totaling nearly $350,000 from the Northern Border Regional Commission.
New Hampshire’s northernmost hospital will use its $200,000 grant toward replacing its aging cardiac monitoring system, which can no longer be serviced with replacement parts. UCVH will match the grant to cover the $372,000 replacement cost.
The Grafton County Economic Development Council, which is receiving $145,000, will use the funding to complete construction of its Enterprise Center at Plymouth, being developed in conjunction with Plymouth State University. The total cost of the project is $290,000.
“These two awards will be of great benefit, not only to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital and the Grafton County Economic Development Council, but to the many communities they serve,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan in announcing the grants. “These grants will help improve and modernize health care for the North Country and encourage new business development, helping to preserve and create jobs in our rural communities.”
Patients at UCVH faced traveling great distances for treatment if the cardiac monitoring system went off-line and would have cost jobs at the hospital, which also serves communities in neighboring Vermont and Maine.
With the new Enterprise Center at Plymouth poised to open with 100 percent of its space already leased, the funding supports an additional 10,000-square foot of incubator space. This will accommodate new tenants, creating additional jobs in Grafton County.
The Northern Border Regional Commission was created as a federal-state partnership approved in the 2008 Farm Bill, with a mission to address the economic and community development needs in distressed communities in the Northern Forest region, which includes New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and New York.