CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — United States Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced more than $14 Million in grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
The ARC funding consists of 15 Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grants. The total amount of funding through these grants is up to $14,716,938. Both Senators, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, are excited to help revitalize Appalachia through this significant funding.
“The Appalachian Regional Commission’s continued investment in revitalizing and strengthening Appalachia is great news for our state and the entire region. The funding announced today will help expand high-speed broadband access, bolster our agricultural industry and create new economic opportunity for West Virginians across the state. Investing in our local communities creates good-paying jobs and spurs economic growth, and I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of these projects for the Mountain State.”US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Senator Capito, the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, understands how important the POWER program is to the coal communities in West Virginia. The EPW oversees the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
“As the ranking member of the committee that oversees ARC, I know how critical the POWER program is to strengthening coal communities across our state. The grants announced today will support a range of local awardees focused on everything from broadband expansion, which my committee included specific language for in the ARC’s reauthorization, to workforce development. I’m looking forward to the benefits West Virginia’s counties, cities, and towns will see as a result.”US Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
All individual awards and project titles are listed below:
Summers County Commission: Summers County Broadband Expansion Project –$2,400,000
Boone County Community & Economic Development Corporation: Rock Creek Development Park Broadband Project– $1,692,507
Region 4 Planning & Development Council: Creating WV’s Largest Maple Syrup, Mushroom, Field, and Floriculture Production Systems – $1,500,000
Grow Ohio Valley, Inc.: Wheeling Food Ventures: Small Farm and Food Business Acceleration in the Ohio Valley – $1,500,000
Region 4 Planning & Development Council: Turning Coal to Gold: Boosting the Outdoor Economy through the Snowshoe Highlands Ride Center – $1,500,000
Marshall University Research Corporation: West Virginia Grant Resource Centers – $1,500,000
Mountain State Educational Services Cooperative: Seeing West Virginia’s Future Through a Different Lens – $1,499,998
Connec Train Corp: Data Cabling & Fiber Optic Installation Training Program – $1,370,039
Marshall University Research Corporation: Career Opportunities for Appalachian Legacy (C.O.A.L.) – $1,118,814
Bluefield Economic Development Authority: BEDA Food Truck Incubator Project – $400,000
City of Elkins: EAST Trail Master Plan – $50,000
Fahe, Inc.: Fahe West Virginia Workforce Alliance – $50,000
West Virginia University Research Corporation: Workforce Development Roadmap: Re-Training for Electric Utility and Other Energy Sector Jobs, Pre-Apprenticeship to Job Placement – $50,000
Augusta Levy Learning Center (ALLC): Workforce & Education Development for Applied Behavior Analysis – $50,000
Arthurdale Heritage, Inc.: West Virginia Historic Preservation Training Center – $35,580