MARS HILL — On WWednesday, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the United States Department of Commerce awarded a $2.5 million grant to Big Rock Mountain.
For Big Rock Mountain Board Member Mike Chassed, he is proud of his team’s hard work to achieve this award.
“We have worked very hard for the past seven months to raise funds, install new chairlifts, and with this announcement from EDA, we can talk about a bigger project than the chairlift to the top of the mountain,” Chase said.
Funds for the project come from the United States’ AAmerican Rescue project.
The money will allow them to improve their ski lifts and increase both the quality and the snowmaking capacity.
Managing Director Tdelighted KEarney said the improvements will bring economic benefits to the entire neighboring area.
“The town of Mars Hill and the surrounding communities – Houlton and Almost Isle – will see some kind of gain in nNew businesses either in accommodation or in catering. People travel from coastal regions or the Bto worry region coming to Aroostook County to experience the big rock for the first time,” Kearney said.
In addition to the grant money, Assistant General Manager Aaron Dhas my says important Fund raising the efforts of the mars hill community really made a difference to the project.
“The community support has been unreal. We have over $1 million in community support through our donors and local businesses,” Damon said.
Hunt said the donation helps continue to cement Big Rock Mountain’s legacy.
“What this grant and this new chairlift and snowmaking means is that the big boulder will be there for the next two generations,” Chasse said.