April 28, 2022

Manchin Announces $6.6 Million To Wheeling Park Commission for Wilson's Lodge Renovations

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced $6.6 million from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the Wheeling Park Commission for renovations to Oglebay Park’s Wilson Lodge. This funding was made possible by the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The project will support local tourism, a financial anchor for the regional economy as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, and is expected to create 45 jobs, retain 192 jobs and generate $20 million in private investment funds.

“The EDA continues to be a strong partner for West Virginia through their support for economic development projects across the state. Today’s announcement is great news for the Wheeling Park Commission and their continued efforts to develop sustainable tourism growth in the region,” said Senator Manchin. “Investing in local tourism creates good-paying jobs and spurs economic opportunity, and this investment is a step in the right direction to boosting the growing tourism in Ohio County. I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this funding for the Wheeling community and the entire Mountain State.”

“President Biden is committed to harnessing the full power of the federal government to ensure our nation not only recovers from this pandemic but builds a better America in the process,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “This EDA investment will increase local tourism, an economic driver for pandemic recovery efforts.”

“The travel and tourism industry plays a critical role in many local economies across the country,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This project will support a series of renovations, including new sidewalks, landscaping, flooring, parking and other enhancements, providing travelers with dining and lodging accommodations and promoting the local tourist economy.”