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.
September 11, 2020
Shaheen Leads NH Delegation Letter to NBRC Federal Co-Chairman Raising Concerns with Commission’s Failure to Award Grants to Coos or Carroll County-Based Projects
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter yesterday on behalf of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Federal Co-Chairman Harold Parker, raising concerns that the latest round of funding did not include a single grant awardee from Coos or Carroll County despite numerous applications from these counties. Last month, the delegation announced that New Hampshire agencies and organizations were awarded $4,443,428 by the NBRC. The NBRC provides federal support throughout northern New Hampshire and has funded grants that spur economic and community development in rural communities.Read More
August 19, 2020
(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that New Hampshire agencies and organizations have been awarded $4,443,428 from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for various projects that invest in the Granite State’s economic and community development. This is an increase of more than half a million dollars for New Hampshire compared to last year’s amount.Read More
July 02, 2020
Senators Hassan, Shaheen Introduce Resolution Defending Postal Service, Urging More Funding to Offset COVID-19 Losses
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen joined colleagues in introducing a resolution about the importance of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and urging increased funding in the next COVID-19 relief package to help it offset losses incurred due to the pandemic. The resolution also makes clear that the USPS should not be forced to reduce its services, close post office facilities, or excessively raise rates. The resolution was led by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as well as Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Gary Peters (D-MI).Read More
June 03, 2020
Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Postal Service to Rural NH Communities at Hearing to Consider Postal Board of Governors Nominees
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan highlighted the critical role that the United States Postal Service (USPS) plays in delivering vital supplies to households in New Hampshire and across the country, especially for those in rural communities and who experience mobility issues, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. USPS is expected to lose $13 billion this year as a result of the pandemic and will likely run out of funding by September unless Congress intervenes.Read More
May 22, 2020
Senator Hassan Holds Virtual Roundtable Discussion with North Country, Mount Washington Valley Leaders on Impact of COVID-19
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan held a virtual roundtable with North Country and Mount Washington Valley leaders where they discussed the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges ahead with re-opening.Read More
- May 02, 2020
February 19, 2020
Senator Hassan Holds Wide-Ranging Discussion with North Country Business Leaders at Schilling Beer Company in Littleton
LITTLETON - Senator Maggie Hassan visited Schilling Beer Company yesterday, where she held a roundtable discussion about some of the most pressing issues facing small businesses in the North Country. Participants at the roundtable included state, regional, and local business leaders, such as Benoit Lamontagne of the NH Division of Economic Development; Jeff Cozzens, owner of Schilling Beer Company and President of the NH Brewers Association; Marlaina Renton, owner of Rek’-Lis Brewing Company in Bethlehem; and Rusty Talbot, owner of Littleton Climbing Center.Read More