The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced Friday that Maine Gov. Janet Mills has been elected by her fellow governors to serve as co-chair on the commission.
The NBRC is a federal and state partnership created in 2008 that directs federal funds to development projects in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.
The commission is headed by a federal co-chair nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and a state co-chair elected by its member state governors.
Gov. Mills will serve a two-year term and will succeed New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R), who has served as state co-chair since February 2020.
“In Maine, we’ve grown our economy at a faster rate than much larger states by investing in our people and the things they need to succeed,” Gov. Mills said Friday. “I look forward to applying lessons from our success as I work with my fellow Governors and our federal partners to support economic growth throughout our region.”
“I extend my gratitude to Governor Sununu for his dedicated work as State Co-Chair over the last four years and thank the Maine Congressional Delegation for its continued to work to provide federal resources for this vital organization,” Mills said.
In 2023, the NBRC’s Catalyst Program made available $44 million in federal funding to its member states — $11 million of which was awarded to Maine organizations — the largest round of grants in the commission’s history.
The NBRC’s Catalyst Program is slated to make disburse $50 million in federal funds with a prioritization of infrastructure projects in 2024, with $30 million available in a spring round and $20 million in the fall.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome the leadership of Governor Mills as State Co-Chair of the Commission. The Governor has a well thought out vision for economic growth in Maine and our region will benefit from the creativity and dedication of her and her team,” said Federal NBRC Co-Chair Chris Saunders, who was nominated by President Joe Biden and unanimously confirmed by the Senate.