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Investment in WV Coal Communities

Last week, I was pleased to announce more than $3.6 million in grants to 8 different organizations across West Virginia through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Grant Program. These investments from ARC are aimed at diversifying the local economies of coal communities, including expanding the local food economy, substance abuse recovery program access and health services. In addition to providing a variety of new services to West Virginians, the investments are expected to create new jobs and attract private investment to the state.

I’m glad that ARC is investing in West Virginia’s economy. Both ARC and I know the potential that states like ours have, when given the right opportunities. These investments will help create the jobs, services and infrastructure needed to attract new industries to our communities, as well as help heal our state from the opioid epidemic and get more West Virginians back to work.

Individual awards are listed below:

  • $1,020,556–West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition (Charleston, WV)
  • $1,000,000–West Virginia Community Development Hub (Charleston, WV)
  • $796,924–Grow Ohio Valley (Wheeling, WV)
  • $485,284–Morgantown Sober Living (Morgantown, WV)
  • $100,000–Center for Rural Health Development (based in Hurricane, WV)
  • $80,691–Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (Boone, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, & Wyoming Counties)
  • $79,270–Marshall University (Huntington, WV)
  • $59,500–New River Gorge Trail Alliance (Fayetteville, WV)

$1.4 Million Announced to Repair Damaged Roads in Wetzel County

I am proud to announce $1,422,591 for West Virginia through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) public assistance grant program. Funding will assist the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) with repairs to roadways in Wetzel County that was damaged as a result of storms in April 2018. 

I am grateful that the WV Division of Highways has received this funding. In recent years, our state has endured multiple weather-related disasters that continue to impact our roadways across West Virginia. The funding provided by FEMA to WVDOH will help repair and clear roadways that have been damaged by severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides for safer travel. As a member of the Appropriations committee, I will continue to fight for the funding that West Virginia needs.

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