November 16, 2021
(Woodstock, NH) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Reps Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will allocate New Hampshire 8,360 $ 978 in state grants for tourism. The funding will support marketing, infrastructure, workforce, and projects to boost business and travel.
The funding was allocated through the US bailout, which Shaheen backed. During negotiations for relief legislation, Shaheen was successful in securing $ 3 billion for EDA to support the recovery of American communities after the pandemic, including $ 750 million specifically for travel, tourism and outdoor recreation.
“Travel and tourism are essential industries that power New Hampshire’s local economies – these sectors are critical to our state’s recovery from the pandemic. That’s why I’m happy to host over $ 8.3 million to boost marketing and create jobs to propel these vital Granite State industries, ” said Senator Shaheen, chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that oversees EDA funding. “Securing EDA grant funding to support tourism in New Hampshire has long been a priority for me. I will continue to work to provide the resources needed to revive local economies and put communities on the path to prosperity as we fight to get to the other side of the pandemic. “
“I’m biased, but I can’t think of a better place to visit than Granite State, and with this funding we got in the US bailout, we can further develop our important tourism industry right here in New Hampshire.” , noted Senator Hassan. “The COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the US-Canada border have hit New Hampshire hard, and I’m delighted to see this funding coming to New Hampshire so we can continue to grow our local economy, support our small businesses and welcoming families and individuals from across the country and around the world to see the natural beauty, historic and cultural sites and charm of our state up close. “
“New Hampshire is home to some of the most beautiful land in the country, and this grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will strengthen our local economies and help more out-of-town visitors experience all that our state has to offer,” said Representative Kuster. “I was proud to advocate for this funding to be included in the US bailout to support New Hampshire’s tourism economy and attract more businesses and travelers to our state. I will continue to work to support Granite State’s small businesses as we recover and rebuild from this pandemic. “
“The growth and success of many small businesses in New Hampshire is being driven by our travel and tourism industry,” noted Rep. Pappas. “Investments like these help promote local businesses and stimulate this vital part of our economy. As we recover from the pandemic, I will continue to support efforts that will help our small businesses and communities thrive. “
EDA’s mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by fostering competitiveness and preparing regions of the country for growth and success in the global economy. An agency within the US Department of Commerce, EDA invests in economically struggling communities to create jobs for American workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.
As chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the EDA, securing resources for the agency has been a long-standing priority for Senator Shaheen. In legislation recently released by the Senate Appropriation Committee to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2022, Shaheen secured $ 395 million for the EDA. This level represents an increase of $ 49 million from the previous year. It is estimated that this funding will generate $ 3.5 billion in local and private investment and support more than 30,000 American jobs this year. The senator had previously opposed the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce or eliminate funding for the EDA, which recently provided grants to communities in Granite State for a wide variety of projects ranging from control infrastructure from flooding in Plymouth to economic development projects in the Monadnock area.