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Marshall to receive Appalachian Regional Commission grant

October 22, 2018

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University says it’s one of the recipients of funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission program to aid the economy in communities affected by the downturn in coal production.

Marshall said in a news release it is to receive almost $1.5 million for an employment program and will receive additional funding for the project from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

The program aims to develop a regional system to offer job training and placement assistance for people affected by the coal industry decline and opioid use in southern West Virginia. The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is leading the initiative.

West Virginia is to receive about $7.6 million of the $26.5 million that the commission is awarding to nine states to help struggling coal communities.

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