The Northern Border Regional Commission has awarded $2 million in grant funding to upgrade infrastructure and provide job training skills that will result in economic growth across Maine, members of the state’s Congressional delegation said in a statement Tuesday.

The commission is a federal-state partnership Congress created in 2008 to help alleviate economic distress and encourage private-sector job creation throughout the northern counties of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. The funding for projects in Maine was awarded through the commission’s 2016 Economic & Infrastructure Development Investment Award program, which is providing over $7.4 million in grant funding to support projects in the commission’s four-state service area.

The Maine grants include $250,000 each to Pittsfield, Auburn, Central Maine Community College, the Maine Department of Transportation, Maine Department of Labor, Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle and Eastern Slope Airport in Fryeburg.

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