Franklin gets $30,000 USDA grant for revitalization efforts

Downtown economic development focuses on attracting investors

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development has awarded the city of Franklin a $30,000 grant to help boost ongoing economic development efforts.

The grant was announced by U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-2nd Dist., and Democratic U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.

The grant will be used to further Franklin’s effort in working to attract investors to finish re-purposing and revitalizing the city’s downtown business district, with specific properties targeted for redevelopment or renovations.

“Investing in the success and development of New Hampshire’s communities is critical to the health and economic wellbeing of our entire state,” said Kuster, who earlier this year wrote a letter of support for the grant . “This funding will help Franklin draw Granite Staters and tourists alike, helping the city to grow and succeed.”

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