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U.S. EDA Invests to Advance Redevelopment of Groveton Paper Mill Complex

U.S. EDA Invests to Advance Redevelopment of Groveton Paper Mill Complex

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $150,000 grant to the North Country Council of Bethlehem, N.H., to help create a redevelopment plan for the former Groveton Paperboard-Wausau Paper mill complex in the Town of Northumberland, Village of Groveton.

"The Obama administration is committed to providing communities with the resources they need to foster job creation and business growth," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez. "This EDA investment will allow Groveton to explore new uses for the paper mill to create new business and job growth opportunities."

"The Village of Groveton has suffered as a result of the loss of its two major industrial employers in recent years. This plan will set the stage for putting those vacant facilities back into use in an entirely new direction - agricultural production in a year-round, controlled environment," said Michael King, Executive Director, North Country Council.

This investment will allow for the re-use of the Groveton Mill that could potentially serve as the core of a specialty agriculture sector cluster in the region that will initiate the redevelopment of other idle facilities, resulting in additional job growth and private investment.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov):

The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.