October 02, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Millions In USDA Funding For West Virginia

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $27,028,072 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support rural development in communities across West Virginia. The funding will be used for a variety of services, including rural business development, housing preservation, renewable energy expansion, and infrastructure improvements with the goals of increasing economic development and job creation. 

“Economic development is vital to growing our state and I am pleased the USDA is investing in communities across West Virginia. These projects will boost our workforce, assist small businesses, and ensure our fellow West Virginians have a roof over their head. I look forward to seeing the benefits of these awards and will continue to advocate for funding that helps rural communities flourish,” said Senator Manchin

“Since coming to Congress, expanding economic development and creating jobs for hard working West Virginians have been major priorities of mine. Over the last several years, we have seen lower unemployment rates, higher state revenue, and increased business development across the Mountain State. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a crippling impact on our economy and way of life. Investments like these are crucial to having a strong comeback in West Virginia. I continue to be in constant communication with people back home and leaders in our communities as I continue to advocate for targeted relief that directly impacts the local economies of our state,” said Senator Capito.


Individual awards listed below:

USDA Rural Energy for America Program:

·        Whiteman Bowling Center (Weirton) – $48,606

·        H & H Cattle, Inc. (Letart) – $34,376


USDA rural business development grants:

·        City of Bluefield – $94,000

·        Brooke-Hancock Regional Planning –  $50,000

·        Marshall University Research Corporation – $50,000

·        Wyoming County Recovery Network, Inc. – $50,000

·        City of Princeton – $50,000

·        Civil-Military Innovation Institute (Shepherdstown) –$47,500

·        West Virginia Forrest Products Cooperative (Princeton) – $45,000

·        City of Welch – $25,000

·        Semper Liberi, Inc. (Martinsburg) – $19,405


USDA Housing Preservation Grants:

·        Community Resources, Inc., (Parkersburg) –  $50,000

·        Change, Inc. (Weirton) – $18,185


Community Facilities Direct Loan:

·        Valley Healthcare System (Pleasant Valley)– $4,000,000


Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants:

·        Adrian Public Service District (French Creek) – $8,751,000

·        White Oak Public Service District (Scarbro)– $4,474,000

·        New Creek Water Association, Inc. (New Creek) – $4,396,000

·        Wilderness Public Service District (Mount Nebo) – $2,790,000

·        Mingo County Public Service District – $1,985,000