announced August 27, 2019
from VTdigger.com...The Northeastern Vermont Development Association received a $250,000 federal grant this month to bolster the Northeast Kingdom’s outdoor recreation economy.
The funds — awarded by the Northern Border Regional Commission — are meant to help market the three-county region as a destination for trail seekers, according to a press release from the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, which worked to get the grant.
“Trails are often what create those connections to our downtowns and businesses, but there are many more projects in the development phase than there is funding available to build them,” Dave Snedeker, the development association’s executive director, said in the release. “This should help address that gap.”
The Kingdom — Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties — boasts a bevy of outdoor activities, which local leaders believe are key assets in strengthening the region’s lagging economy. Trail networks in particular, such as those managed by the Kingdom Trail Association, draw many bikers and hikers to the area.