May 01, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Job-Creating Investments Across State

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that the Economic Development Administration will provide a total of $210,000 to regional councils around the state to invest in economic development strategies that support job creation. The funding will bring together the public and private sectors to establish a plan to diversify and strengthen regional economies.

“Bringing together our public and private sectors is important to helping boost our economy, revitalize our communities and improve the economic success in regions across West Virginia and this country,” Senator Manchin said. “These strategies will bring good-paying jobs to our state to help support hardworking West Virginians and their families, and offer economic opportunities that will promote prosperity and growth around our great state.”

“In every corner of our state, regional development councils are creating and implementing plans to grow our local economies and create jobs,” Rockefeller said. “These awards are critical to helping carry out the important and challenging mission of strengthening communities across West Virginia.”

The following regional councils will each be awarded $70,000:
• Region VII Planning and Development Council (Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Tucker and Upshur Counties)

• Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Planning and Development Council (Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, Wood Counties)

 Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council (Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan Counties)