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North Country job fund to be announced in NH

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) -- A group of business leaders, including an executive with a company working to advance the Northern Pass power project, is announcing the creation of a fund to increase jobs in New Hampshire's North Country.

The fund is aimed at increasing employment by supporting the expansion of existing businesses and attracting new ones.

The group says the jobs created would be separate and distinct from the 1,200 jobs statewide that are expected during the construction phase of the proposed Northern Pass project.

A news conference is planned at 1 p.m. Monday at A.B. Logging in Lancaster.

Present will be Gary Long of Northeast Utilities, one of the companies working on the Northern Pass; Allen Bouthillier of A.B. Logging; and John Gallus of Berlin, a realtor and former state senator.