June 13, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $2,415,000 in Funding for Rural Development Projects in Bridgeport and Morgantown

U.S. Department of Agriculture funds will go toward building a new distribution center in Bridgeport and a water distribution system in Morgantown

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced funding for two rural development projects funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will improve public facilities and services in north-central West Virginia.

The Shepherd’s Corner, Inc. in Bridgeport will receive a $102,000 loan and an $18,000 grant to build a distribution center. The facility will provide food, clothing and household goods to individuals and families in need. The Bridgeport Ministerial Association established The Shepherd’s Corner, Inc. in 1984 and continues to support its mission.

The Clinton Water Association will receive a $2,295,000 loan to renovate an existing water distribution system in Morgantown. Repairs will include upgrades to two water storage tanks, a main booster station, and approximately 12,600 feet of waterline. These upgrades are needed to assure the continuation of adequate services for the association’s 3,200 customers.

“These funds are vital to ensuring that all West Virginians have access to critical facilities,” Senator Manchin said. “These two projects will provide residents in Bridgeport with everyday household items that they need and upgrade water systems to ensure Morgantown residents have adequate service. I am pleased that both of these projects will improve our residents’ quality of life.”

“Clean, reliable and efficient water service is important to every community, and I know this project means a lot to Morgantown residents,” said Senator Rockefeller.  “I’m also happy that The Shepherd’s Corner will receive money so they can continue to provide a helping hand to the families in Bridgeport who need it the most.  We must continually invest in our communities in order to make sure all citizens have access to programs and services that they need.” 

USDA’s Rural Development program helps improve the economy and quality of life in rural areas across the United States of America.  Rural Development achieves its mission by helping rural individuals, communities and businesses obtain the financial and technical assistance needed to address their diverse and unique needs.