The ED's Corner

Northfield is awarded $18k to revitalize the Common

March 9, 2021

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The Vermont Community Foundation (VCF), the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), and the Better Places partners selected Northfield as one of eight projects to be funded. The program received 63 applications requesting a total of $1 million, with only $129,275 available. Please reach out to Jon Ignatowski, Northfield's Economic Development Director, if you wish to assist with planning and implementation of the grant.

Northfield secures $20k grant to advance NRRR objectives

March 1, 2021

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The focus of the studies will be to investigate additional crosswalk locations in Northfield Falls and the Northfield Village Center, and to develop a plan to increase parking and access to the Town forest. For more information, please visit: https://vermontcf.org/our-impact/impact-stories/better-places-partnership/

Northfield Submits a Transportation Study Proposal

February 16, 2021

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The Town of Northfield submitted a proposal to the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) to study future locations for crosswalks on Route 12 in the Village and Northfield Falls, in addition to siting trailhead parking for the Northfield Town Forest. Submissions will be reviewed on February 23rd, and work begins April 2021.

Northfield Submits a Better Places Grant

February 3, 2021

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I am pleased to announce that the Town of Northfield submitted a Better Places grant requesting $20,000 worth of investments to the Common. This grant sought projects that revitalized public spaces and stimulated increased community engagement. Our grant project included new furniture, overhead string lighting, lamp pole banners, public art, and provisions for the Farmers Market. The grant team consisted of The Northfield Ridge and River Routes, Northfield Common Connections, The Northfield Community Development Network, the Northfield Farmers Market, and Art, Etc. Information about the grant opportunity can be found here: https://accd.vermont.gov/community-development/funding-incentives/better-places

The Importance of a Northfield Revolving Loan Fund

February 1, 2021

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A community revolving loan program is designed to offer local businesses another form of financing. Loans are structured similarly to conventional commercial loans, but can offer more flexibility in terms and application. For instance, commercial lenders typically do not provide cash for working capital or other costs, leaving businesses with a gap in their financing plan. Similar to the programs successfully established in nearby Vermont communities, Northfield's revolving loan fund would be managed by a committee, and loan applicants would be vetted for creditworthiness. A community revolving loan program is an effective way for the Town of Northfield to assist local businesses with growth, development, and recovery from the pandemic.

Northfield Group Conducting Grocery Survey

January 28, 2021

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A group of Northfield citizens are interested in learning about local grocery shopping behaviors, and have created a survey to collect public feedback. The survey takes 5 minutes to complete, and will close on February 14th, 2021. You can participate by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5D2DHZY