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President Obama today signed into law a bipartisan energy efficiency bill - the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 - that includes legislation previously introduced by U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to boost the use of energy efficient technology by tenants in commercial buildings. The bill, authored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), includes the Bennet-Ayotte Better Buildings Act, which encourages tenants of commercial buildings to voluntarily implement cost-effective measures that will help reduce energy consumption and ultimately utility costs for businesses
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will visit and tour Bosch Thermotechnology Corporation in Londonderry on Friday morning to highlight the effects of Senator Shaheen’s Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, which is expected to be signed into law by the President this afternoon. Bosch applies high energy efficiency standards to their manufacturing facilities and is an industry leader in producing energy efficient heating and cooling systems
Great Bridge Properties recently secured the funding needed to add a second building to the energy-efficient development, which opened in 2012 and offers affordable housing for individuals and families.
This morning, the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee heard from Velcro USA, whose North American manufacturing and innovation facilities are based in Manchester and Somersworth, New Hampshire, during a meeting chaired by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency. Shaheen, who serves as Vice Chair of the Committee, invited Velcro USA to participate due to the company’s nationally-recognized successes adopting energy efficiency improvements throughout their facilities and supply chain.
The Low & Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program was designed to lessen the economic burden of the State Education Property Tax on certain at-risk taxpayers.
Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) today announced two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program that will support projects in two New Hampshire communities. The Bethlehem School District has received a $30,000 grant that will be used to replace an oil-fired hot water boiler heating system at Bethlehem Elementary School with wood pellet boilers, and the town of Stratford has received a $15,000 grant to improve its town garage, which houses all town vehicles
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act, legislation that would assist small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers in adopting what’s known as “smart manufacturing technologies.” Smart manufacturing combines information, technology and innovation, thereby allowing for real-time management of productivity, energy and costs across factories and companies.
Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) applauded last night’s House passage of common sense, bipartisan energy efficiency legislation that was first introduced in the Senate by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). Kuster has long been a supporter and cosponsor of the House version of the Shaheen-Portman legislation. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, which passed the House last night, includes important provisions which will improve energy efficiency standards, reduce emissions, and could spur job creation across the country.
The House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan energy efficiency bill - the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 - that includes legislation previously introduced by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to boost the use of energy efficient technology by tenants in commercial buildings. The Bennet-Ayotte Better Buildings Act encourages tenants of commercial buildings to voluntarily implement cost-effective measures that will help reduce energy consumption and ultimately utility costs for businesses. Bennet and Ayotte first introduced the bill in 2013
HomeHelpNH, the state’s foreclosure counseling initiative, helped nearly 750 households avoid foreclosure over the last two years, Governor Maggie Hassan announced at New Hampshire Housing today. “While foreclosure numbers are trending down, many Granite State homeowners are still struggling,” Governor Hassan said.“HomeHelpNH helped nearly 750 households avoid foreclosure over the last two years, and those critical services are still needed.Data shows that homeowners have a better chance at evaluating their options and possibly avoiding foreclosure with a trained counselor in their corner
A new housing development for seniors is moving forward in Nashua due to a combination of federal funding sources from New Hampshire Housing. Salmon Brook Senior Housing, which is sponsored by Southern New Hampshire Services (SNHS) Management Corporation, will bring just over 30 age-restricted apartments to the greater Nashua community.
The NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) has approved Community Development Block Grant awards to eight New Hampshire municipalities and counties totaling nearly $3.1 million.
This afternoon, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced two new federal Rural Development grants for New Hampshire’s Second District. The first grant, in the amount of $22,500, has been awarded to the Town of Stoddard and the Davis Public Library. The second, in the amount of $9,000, has been awarded to the Family Resource Center in Gorham. Both grants will be used to update each organization’s electronic infrastructure, which will help improve local services offered to community residents
This morning, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) hosted a roundtable discussion with local veterans as well as mental health and housing advocates. During the discussion, Kuster heard from event participants about ways that Congress can ensure Granite State veterans have access to the services and benefits they deserve, and she highlighted legislation she recently helped pass into law to expand mental health services at the VA
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority has contracted with the State of New Hampshire, through the Department of Justice and the Banking Department, to coordinate the administration of a robust foreclosure intervention initiative called HomeHelpNH.
Delegation Welcomes Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Grant

Department of Transportation Approves Funds To Fix Damaged Roads in Grafton, Sullivan and Cheshire Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 29, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) and Ann Kuster (D-NH), today welcomed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to approve an emergency recovery grant to help restore roadways in Grafton, Sullivan, and Cheshire Counties that were damaged by heavy rains and flooding at the end of June. The $1 million grant for rebuilding federally-supported roadways will assist the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s efforts to repair transportation infrastructure in Lebanon, Alstead, and Westmoreland that was damaged during powerful storms on June 26. more »

 
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