June 25, 2021
Manchin, Capito Announce $223K For West Virginia Economic Development
Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $223,710 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO). This funding will be matched with $223,710 in state funds and will be used to support the West Virginia Consolidated Technical Assistance (TA) program, which will provide enhanced technical assistance, project development, project administration, planning and regional coordination and monitoring to economically distressed counties in West Virginia.
“The West Virginia Consolidated Technical Assistance program helps foster West Virginia’s economic development by providing technical assistance and assisting in the execution of numerous projects across the state. The ARC continues to be a strong partner for the Mountain State, and I’m pleased ARC is investing in the West Virginia Consolidated Technical Assistance program,” said Senator Manchin. “As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to work with ARC and advocate for funding to spur economic growth in West Virginia.”
“The ARC plays such an important role in our state—particularly when it comes to diversifying and strengthening West Virginia’s economy,” Senator Capito said. “This funding is welcome news, as it will help provide the technical assistance needed to get economic development initiatives off the ground, leading to job opportunities in our state. I will continue to use my role as Ranking Member on the Environment and Public Works Committee to bring resources into West Virginia through relationships with partners like ARC.”
“We’re pleased to support the West Virginia Consolidated Technical Assistance program, which will support a broad range of critical initiatives aligning with ARC’s strategic priorities to boost economic vitality,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. “In particular, I’m proud that this grant will support our work with local communities to address critical needs, build community unity, and empower the next-generation of West Virginia leaders to advance economic development.”
The Consolidated TA grant will be used to carry out two specific programs: 1) ARC Technical Assistance, and 2) Local Capacity Development Technical Assistance. The ARC Technical Assistance program will provide technical assistance and outreach through the ARC grant program and the Flex-E-Grant program. The Local Capacity Development program will provide technical assistance and outreach to local economic development organizations through the Main Street and ON TRAC (Organization, Training, Revitalization and Capacity) programs.
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