June 02, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Economic Development Investments Across West Virginia

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $420,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for economic development district planning in six different locations in West Virginia. These investments will help identify specific economic factors and help planning councils create individual plans to further development in each of the designated areas.

“The EDA’s investments in our regional economies are vital to growing our economies in West Virginia,” said Senator Manchin. “These projects are also essential to creating good paying jobs and supporting our communities across the Mountain State. I look forward to seeing these grants help our communities, and I will continue to fight for the people of West Virginia to have access to programs that benefit our state.”

 “Our state’s regional planning councils play a critical role in the development of infrastructure projects in our communities and help further economic growth in West Virginia,” said Senator Capito. “West Virginia’s regions are drastically different from one another, emphasizing the importance of our planning councils and local approaches to economic development. This investment from EDA will support their critical efforts in the areas they serve, and help provide necessary resources allowing these councils to manage and implement projects that will bolster economic development in our state. We must continue to work together and develop solutions that give our citizens the tools they need to be successful. Spurring economic growth and creating opportunity for West Virginians has always been a top priority of mine, and I look forward to continuing to work with the EDA and community leaders to create a better West Virginia.”

Individual Awards Listed Below:

·        Region 8 Planning and Development Council: Petersburg/Grant County, W.Va. – $70,000

·        Region 2 Planning and Development Council: Huntington/Cabell County, W.Va – $70,000

·        Region VI Planning and Development Council: Fairmont/Marion County, W.Va. – $70,000

·        Regional Intergovernmental Council: South Charleston/Kanawha County, W.Va. – $70,000

·        Bel-O-Mar Regional Council: Wheeling/Ohio County, W.Va. – $70,000

·        Region I Planning and Development Council: Princeton/Mercer County, W.Va. – $70,000