Nine projects receive $7M in ARC grants
Nine projects throughout West Virginia, including one in the Huntington region, will get a share of $7.1 million in grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission Investment Program.
Representatives of the groups that are bringing the projects to fruition were recognized Friday afternoon during a short news conference in Gov. Jim Justice’s office. The projects include work that will update or replace existing water and wastewater equipment and facilities. It also will go toward training for adult literacy and employment skills, Justice said.
He said the commission received $39 million worth of requests from throughout the state and ultimately narrowed the awards down to those projects announced Friday.
“We kind of worked the process and tried to do it statewide and do the projects that we felt like could really help communities that maybe were down and out in a lot of ways,” Justice said during the conference.
Jennifer Ferrell, with the West Virginia Department of Commerce, announced the winners during the news conference.
Among the projects receiving funding is Goodwill of KYOWVA Area’s Pathways to Self-Sufficiency program. About 216 people will benefit from the $149,703 awarded to this project, which provides adult literacy, financial education, basic employability soft-skills training, industrial certification training and job placement through Goodwill’s Career Center and outreach training.
The project provides services to people in Lincoln, Mingo, Wayne and Mason counties.
Woodlands Community Lenders, Mon Forest Recreational Economies Initiative: The project will receive $452,500 to provide technical assistance services to small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs in and around the Monongahela National Forest.
West Virginia Development Office, consolidated technical assistance grant: Using the $290,000 from the federal grants, the development office will continue its Consolidated Technical Assistance Program,
which will support hiring staff to implement the Appalachian Regional Commission’s programs in the state and assist communities participating in the West Virginia Main Street and ON TRAC programs.
West Virginia Development Office, Competitive Improvement Program: With $300,000 in grant funding, the project will provide training and consultation services to small and medium-sized businesses.
West Virginia Development Office, Flex-E-Grant Program: The Development Office and the commission, in partnership with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, will use $125,000 to operate a mini-grant program that focuses on capacity building projects, including developing local community leaders and engaging citizens in local initiatives.
Town of Matewan, Red Jacket sanitary sewer project: Using $1.5 million, the project will extend public wastewater service to the area of Upper Mate Creek in Mingo County. The project is expected to benefit at least 158 existing customers.
Cowen Public Service District, wastewater system improvements: Cowen PSD also received $1.5 million to extend wastewater service to 161 new customers in the Upper Glade area of Webster County.
Town of Northfork, Elkhorn Creek Phase 3 Water Extension: Using $1.8 million, Northfork will extend public water service to 408 new customers in Northfork, Keystone, Upland, Powhatan and Kyle in Mingo County.
Town of Grantsville, Grantsville Water Treatment Plant improvements: With $1 million, Grantsville will upgrade its water treatment plant and facilities.