Corridor G Regional Development Authority votes to discontinue
MOUNT GAY, W.Va. - The Corridor G Regional Development Authority has voted to discontinue the organization for what board members have called a lack of funding.
The authority, in part, was started by former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin over a decade ago. It was established to oversee and assist in the development of new business on the corridor in Lincoln, Boone, Logan and Mingo counties in West Virginia.
Research and recruitment of new business was part of the original vision for the organization.
Board Chairman Mickey Brown, who could not attend the meeting, said it was a dwindling budget that led to the organization’s demise.
“We haven’t had funding for a couple of years,” he said. “It had been funded by the state for the last couple of years. We have enough money to get through December.”
Brown said it was Tomblin’s involvement that helped keep the CGRDA healthy.
“When he was there, we had support,” he said. “Since he’s been gone, we haven’t had any funding.”
Each southern county was represented by four members.
Board members were Allyn Sue Barker, Arthur Kirkendoll, Dan Parker, Dr. Charles N. Vance, Dwight Coburn, Gary McCallister, Greg “Hootie” Smith, John Paul Abbott, Leigh Ann Ray, Brown, P. Clinton Winter, Phyllis Ferrell, Rick Ryan, Roger D. Toney, Steve Knopp and Willie Akers.
Boone County Clerk Roger Toney spoke about the vote to abolish CGRDA. He has been a member since February 2017.
“It is unfortunate,” he said. “We just don’t have the budget or the funding to accomplish anything. Boone County was well represented, but overall attendance wasn’t good.”
Primarily grant funded, the CGRDA will likely operate at some capacity through December and fold completely before 2019.