Hardwick Awarded $22,000 State Planning Grant

For Immediate Release 

DATE: January 19, 2022

CONTACTS: David Upson, Town Manager – david.upson@hardwickvt.gov

Shari Cornish, Hardwick Downtown Commission – shari.cornish@hardwickvt.gov

Hardwick, VT – The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded $22,000 to Hardwick in state Municipal Planning Grant funds. The Town of Hardwick will hire a consultant who will work with the Downtown Commission to create the organizational framework for a downtown organization and develop a 5-year strategic plan. Hardwick successfully competed against 50 municipalities and was one of 24 funded.

Downtown Commission Chair, Shari Cornish, is thrilled to confirm that this grant will enable the group to move forward in its application for Downtown Designation. Hardwick will have a year and a half to complete this project under the terms of the grant award. The local team is hoping to find a consultant who is as highly motivated as Downtown Commissioners are in seeing positive results emerge well ahead of the 18 months that the grant provides to complete the work.  Downtown designation will help Hardwick plan for growth in the center of Hardwick and could unlock funding possibilities for the future. The commission will work on designation as a first step toward focused development planning for the Hardwick business community.

“As Vermont continues to grow its economy, maintain a high quality of life and attract new people and business to the state, Municipal Planning Grants help communities accelerate local solutions, energize downtowns, remove barriers to much-needed housing,” said Vermont DHCD Commissioner Josh Hanford.

Awarded annually and administered by DHCD, the Municipal Planning Grant program supports local community revitalization and planning initiatives. Since 1998, the program has provided $13 million to 237 cities and towns across Vermont, bringing people together to adopt useful and relevant municipal plans and implementing those plans through downtown revitalization, updating regulations, improved capital budgeting and innovative projects that to prepare for the challenges they face.

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