December 18, 2009

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Judd Gregg and Jeanne Shaheen today announced that President Obama has signed into law $1 million for Squamscott Community Commons in Exeter.  These funds will be used to help construct a new 80,000 square foot multi-tenant Community Center which will house a full-service YMCA, SeaCare Health Services, Exeter Center for Creative Arts, Great Bay Kids Company, and Rockingham Community Action. These funds were included in the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations bill and are within the Appropriations Committee allocation set out for Fiscal Year 2010 funding measures.

Senator Gregg, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee stated, "Squamscott Community Commons is a great example of a local community working together to provide helpful resources for families and individuals in the area.  The construction of this new community center will offer health facilities, recreational activities, and other important community support services that will benefit the greater Seacoast Community.  I applaud the Squamscott Community Commons and area residents who have dedicated their time and effort to making this project a reality."

Senator Shaheen stated, "The new and expanded Squamscott Community Center will provide Seacoast residents with much needed health, recreation, and community resources. Thousands of seniors, children and adults will be able to come together under one roof thanks to this funding and the commitment of the Squamscott Community Commons."

"Robin Drunsic, Executive Director of Squamscott Community Commons, stated, "We are enormously grateful to Senator Gregg and Senator Shaheen for their support of this project which will have a significant impact on the quality of life for thousands of Seacoast residents.  Now, more than ever, communities need to be looking for ways to streamline services and reduce costs for non-profits and this project will provide comprehensive access to social, health, recreational, cultural, and educational services under one roof." 

"Senators Gregg and Shaheen have once again proven their commitment to the people of NH through their support of Squamscott Community Commons," said Carter Siegel, Chair of the Squamscott Community Commons' Steering Committee. "The Commons will be a model for the nation in non-profit sustainable design, environmental stewardship, economies of scale, and regional collaboration.  I'd like to extend our deepest gratitude to both Senator Gregg and Senator Shaheen. Their backing of Squamscott Community Commons' vision is a valuable testament to the project's worth and will inspire others to support this important regional project." 

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