Local leaders headed to D.C. for one day mission

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Published: Apr. 23, 2018 at 3:17 PM EDT
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The mayor of Belfast will be in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

Samantha Paradis will join other local officials from across the nation in advocating for the continuation of what they call proven federal funding programs.

Joy Hollowell tells us more about First and Main.

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"One of the amazing parts of our community that we are now known for is our Harbor Walk," says Belfast Mayor Samantha Paradis. "And we received $150,000 from the Community Enterprise grant from the Community Development Block Grant program to develop the Harbor Walk."

That grant as well as others focusing on economic development and downtown revitalization are prompting Paradis to head to our nation's capitol for a one day mission.

"What is happening now is that these programs are not guaranteed," she explains. "And so I am going to Washington to advocate to our congressional leaders and our White House officials to continue these proven federal programs."

Paradis is part of the bipartisan coalition known as First and Main. It includes mayors, councilors, commissioners and municipal executives from more than 85 communities in 30 states.

"There are two other elected officials here in Maine that have joined on the blueprint," says Paradis. "Mayor Mark Walker of the city of Hallowell and County Commissioner Antonio Blasi of Hancock County."

While in D.C., the local leaders will meet one-on-one with Senator Susan Collins and other congressional representatives. They'll also head to the White House to speak with the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

"Over the last 10 to 15 years, it's been over $2 million that we've been awarded in Community Block grants so this money is really important to our city," says Paradis.

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Other successful grants, according to Paradis, are the Brownfields Assessment from the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency and funding for housing assistance.

For more information on First and Main, log onto The mayor of Belfast will be in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

Samantha Paradis will join other local officials from across the nation in advocating for the continuation of what they call proven federal funding programs.

Joy Hollowell tells us more about First and Main.

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"One of the amazing parts of our community that we are now known for is our Harbor Walk," says Belfast Mayor Samantha Paradis. "And we received $150,000 from the Community Enterprise grant from the Community Development Block Grant program to develop the Harbor Walk."

That grant as well as others focusing on economic development and downtown revitalization are prompting Paradis to head to our nation's capitol for a one day mission.

"What is happening now is that these programs are not guaranteed," she explains. "And so I am going to Washington to advocate to our congressional leaders and our White House officials to continue these proven federal programs."

Paradis is part of the bipartisan coalition known as First and Main. It includes mayors, councilors, commissioners and municipal executives from more than 85 communities in 30 states.

"There are two other elected officials here in Maine that have joined on the blueprint," says Paradis. "Mayor Mark Walker of the city of Hallowell and County Commissioner Antonio Blasi of Hancock County."

While in D.C., the local leaders will meet one-on-one with Senator Susan Collins and other congressional representatives. They'll also head to the White House to speak with the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

"Over the last 10 to 15 years, it's been over $2 million that we've been awarded in Community Block grants so this money is really important to our city," says Paradis.

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Other successful grants, according to Paradis, are the Brownfields Assessment from the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency and funding for housing assistance.

For more information on First and Main, log onto https://firstandmain.org/https://firstandmain.org/