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March 11, 2009

Governor Douglas Announces $200,000 Grant For Middlebury

Funds Will Help Equip Much-Needed Dental Center

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – A dental office that will provide access to dental care for low to moderate income individuals in Addison County, as well as the general population, will be getting a $200,000 boost from the state, Governor Jim Douglas announced Wednesday.

In a ceremony at the future home of the Addison County Dental Center, Douglas presented a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant to the Town of Middlebury that will be used to help equip and furnish the offices on Merchants Row.

“This is an area which has been in need of additional dental care providers for some time,” Douglas said. “The Addison County Dental Center will focus on providing access to dental care for low to moderate income individuals, but will also be a resource for all of the people of Addison County.”

Douglas noted that the dental office, located in the former Citizens Bank site, is near the Addison County Transit Resources bus route and is also within walking distance of Middlebury College, the Mary Hogan Elementary School, Middlebury Union High School and the Mary Johnson Children's Center.

The center will have 4 treatment rooms, 4 dental chairs, a reception/business office area, a sterilization center and a lab.

Middlebury Town Manager William Finger, and Peg Martin and Seymour Rettinger of the non-profit Addison County Dental Center were on hand to accept the check.

“We are very appreciative to the Vermont Community Development Program for this generous grant and are looking forward to a grand opening of this much-needed center this summer,” said Martin, a board member of the Addison County Dental Center.

“As a result of this contribution, the financial goals of Addison County Dental Center are almost fully realized, making us a go-ahead project,” Rettinger said. “We will be reaching out to the community for contributions to finish our funding needs.”

The Governor praised the work of the Addison County Dental Center; the Town of Middlebury; and the Vermont Health Department, as well as the dedication of the staff at the Department of Housing and Community Affairs who work in the Vermont Community Development Program.

“These grants are important because they leverage other financial resources and help address critical housing, service, and economic development needs in our communities,” Douglas said.

The Agency awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.

For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: March 11, 2009 16:50:28