August 08, 2022
(Berlin, NH) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee – and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that the city of Berlin would receive $19,534,391 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to implement is implementing an innovative project that connects two emerging industries – renewable energy generation and tourism – in New Hampshire’s northernmost city and positions them and the region for continued growth and development.
Specifically, the city of Berlin would solve its winter snowfall and spring cleaning problems by building a street and sidewalk snow removal system. It would use a nearby renewable fuel-fired power generation plant that produces enough available waste heat to meet the energy demands of this proposed system. Improving downtown infrastructure is a critical part of the City’s plan to capitalize on winter tourism opportunities, and this project will advance efforts to that end.
“This is a game-changer for Berlin and a boon for communities in the north of the country, many of whom will benefit from the regional impact of this innovative project. I want to commend Berlin officials for their diligent work and advocacy to make this a reality and their successful efforts to reinvent Berlin’s local economy by responding to the challenges head-on,” said Senator Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “As the paper industry declined over the years, strong local leadership helped spur inventive concepts like this, which we will soon see in action. This curb melting system is a testament to the significant downtown infrastructure improvements we can make in our cities and towns, and I’m thrilled to see Berlin doing just that. I was thrilled to advocate for this grant and look forward to seeing these federal resources arrive in Berlin so this project can move forward.
“This is a vital grant that will help Berlin prosper, and it is truly great that the city receives this award which will help fuel the local economy in the region. said Senator Hassan. “The street and sidewalk snow removal system is critical to Berlin’s tourism industry, and it’s exciting that it’s powered by green, renewable energy, which is better for our communities and our economy in the long run. This grant is an important development for Berlin, and I will continue to work to help secure federal funding for our northern communities.
“This federal grant will enable Berlin to revitalize its downtown infrastructure and bring transformational and innovative changes to the city’s main streets,” Rep. Kuster said. “I am committed to lobbying for projects aimed at stimulating economic development and fostering vibrant communities in the North Country and throughout New Hampshire. I look forward to seeing this cost-cutting system in action in Berlin and will continue to advocate for initiatives and funding in New Hampshire to support our economy and improve the lives of Granite Staters.
“These federal funds from the RAISE grant program will support our tourism economy, drive economic growth, and improve the quality of life not just in Berlin, but across the region,” Rep. Pappas says. “By making smart investments in our infrastructure and our communities, we can build a better future for generations to come. I fought hard to pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Act to support projects like this, and I will continue to fight for continued investment that will support future economic growth.
The federal grant, which members of the congressional delegation supported, will be awarded through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Shaheen has historically secured strong funding for the RAISE grant program, formerly known as the BUILD or TIGER grant programs. The announcement follows the Senate’s passage of the Cut Inflation Act on Sunday afternoon, which contains significant North Country benefits that Senator Shaheen has fought to achieve, particularly to support the forest economy of New Hampshire.
In November, the Congressional delegation welcomed a similar RAISE grant that was awarded to the City of Manchester. Shaheen and Hassan were both key negotiators for the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which provided $7.5 billion for the RAISE grant program.