December 02, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.6 Million To Establish Medical Training Facility, Create Jobs In Keyser, West Virginia

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today announced a $2,600,000 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance grant to Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser, West Virginia. This funding was made available through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), and will support the construction of a new, 12,000-square foot medical training facility.

The new facility will offer state-of-the art equipment, including broadband connectivity, to expand student training opportunities for in-demand healthcare jobs. The grant, to be matched with $638,800 in local funds, is expected to create 265 jobs, retain 370 jobs, and generate $203 million in private investment.

“Expanding West Virginia’s healthcare workforce will help provide quality, accessible healthcare to West Virginians and better support the Mountain State’s efforts to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I am thrilled EDA is investing in a medical training facility in Keyser, creating good-paying jobs and boosting the number of healthcare professionals in the state,” Senator Manchin said. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact of this investment, and I will continue to advocate for funding to support a robust health workforce in West Virginia.”

“As we move into 2022, there will be a continued need for a prepared workforce within the health care field,” Ranking Member Capito said. “Today’s grant not only creates new jobs, but it is also truly a game-changer for Potomac Valley Hospital because it will enable more students to be trained for good-paying jobs that are so critical to the future health and well-being of our communities. As Ranking Member of the EPW Committee, which oversees EDA, I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project will create.”

This project is funded under the CARES Act, which provided EDA with $1.5 billion for economic assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, provides a wide range of financial assistance to eligible communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.