Standing Up for the North Country

“I have long fought to support the North Country’s people, businesses, and beautiful natural resources, which are central to our state’s tourism industry and economic viability. I will continue working to strengthen communities in the North Country, including focusing on efforts to protect our environment, increase access to broadband, and support New Hampshire’s travel and tourism industry.” – Senator Hassan

From strengthening the Northern Border Regional Commission, to expanding rural broadband and investing in rural health care, Senator Hassan is working to ensure that all North Country communities can thrive.

Senator Hassan has helped successfully fight back efforts to eliminate the Northern Border Regional Commission, a federal-state partnership that helps spur economic and community development in northern New Hampshire, while also increasing funding for the program by 50 percent. She also worked to pass a five-year reauthorization and expansion of the program in the bipartisan Farm Bill in 2018. 

Additionally, Senator Hassan has fought to protect the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which funds a wide range of projects in the North Country, including homeownership assistance efforts, the development of more affordable housing, public facility improvements, and economic development projects. The Senator is also working to protect funding for TIGER/BUILD grants, which help boost investment in critical infrastructure projects across New Hampshire.

Senator Hassan is focused on ensuring that underserved areas in the North Country receive the federal support that they need to expand broadband coverage. In the 21st century innovation economy, access to high-speed internet isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. She introduced the bipartisan Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act to help close the rural-urban digital divide and expand access to broadband in rural parts of New Hampshire. She also authored the bipartisan AIRWAVES Act that makes meaningful investments in rural broadband infrastructure.

The Senator is also focused on strengthening rural health care delivery systems and improving access to services for individuals living in underserved areas, including supporting legislation to expand access to high-quality maternity care so that mothers in rural areas can receive the care that they need.

Senator Hassan will continue focusing on spurring economic and community development in this critical region.

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