Vermont Governor Phil Scott Elected as First NBRC State Co-Chair


Press Release

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Newport, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott and Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano were in Newport Wednesday to announce that Scott will serve as the Commission’s first state co-chair. 

Story Link

Investing in the Future Forest Economy


A very large thank you to Joe Short and all the Northern Forest Center staff for yesterday’s event. A number of folks inquired about the priorities of NBRC.  Below are links to that information.  

All NBRC application materials are available here  (the link to upload the application will go ‘live’ April 1) Applications due before 5pm, May 11, 2018 

Scoring/Prioritization Criteria

NBRC Strategic Plan


From Joe Short,

Thank you for attending Investing in the Future Forest Economy earlier this week. I hope the event met your expectations and provided information, inspiration and connections useful to your work.

In follow-up, the Northern Forest Center will be preparing a meeting summary for the Northern Border Regional Commission, which I expect the NBRC will share when it is complete. In the interim, attached to this email are several of the presentations from Tuesday, as well as links to the businesses, organizations and stories featured on our afternoon panels. Should you wish to use any images or graphics from the presentations in your own presentations, please check with the authors first.

And finally, here’s an album of a few pictures from the day

Thanks again for your commitment to building a vibrant future for the people, places, businesses and forests of the Northern Border/Northern Forest region. My best,


Joe Short | Vice President

Northern Forest Center | Thriving Communities & Healthy Forests


NBRC Strategic Plan for 2017-2021


NBRC Strategic Plan for 2017-2021

Every five Years, the NBRC is mandated by Congress to produce a strategic plan.  This strategic plan for 2017-2021 will guide the Commission’s programs and investments as it seeks to help the Northern Border region emerge from a period of significant economic transition and challenge. The Commission’s strategies are designed to capitalize on regional assets to grow and retain wealth in the region, and are informed by local priorities identified by public, private, and not-for-profit stakeholders.  

The draft Strategic Plan is the result of interview with over 200 regional stakeholders, consideration of existing State and regional economic development plans, participation in economic development forums from around the region, and economic and demographic data collection. 

The Plan has been approved by the NBRC Federal Co-Chair and representatives of the Governors of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. Contractors assisting to development plan were the Northern Forest Center, Concord, NH. 



Each State scores the applications received within their state independently. Generally, each state creates a team of reviewers and has access to a group of consultants who have specialized knowledge on scientific or technical expert opinion that provide guidance when needed. Final decisions about awards are approved jointly between the Federal Co-Chair and the Governor’s Alternates (the five members that make up board of the Northern Border Regional Commission). The scoring system for each state is provided below. If the application is for a multi-state project, each state will score the application independently. While States will consult with one another in order to strive for consistency, a multi-state application may be awarded in one state and not in another.

All NBRC application materials are available here  (the link to upload the application will go ‘live’ April 1)
Applications due before 5pm, May 11, 2018 



Regional Forest Economy Partnership Announced


Northern Border Regional Commission is pleased to announce a new opportunity for regional approaches to economic development. 
The purpose of the Regional Forest Economy Partnership is to address the economic shift produced by the chronic and consistent decline of the forest products industry that has led to displacement of a skilled workforce and significant negative demographic changes in the rural areas of the Northern Border Regional Commission region. With a goal to increase the ability of the four-state region to attract new opportunities, that are highly leveraged, transformational investments that have a fundamental impact on community economic revitalization.