July 12, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $2,785,000 in Funding for Rural Development Projects in Harrison and Randolph Counties

U.S. Department of Agriculture funds will go toward infrastructure repairs in Bridgeport and an extension of public water services in Mill Creek

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 infrastructure in Harrison County and extend public water services to residents in Randolph County. 

The Dovetail Estates Property Owners Association, Inc., located in Bridgeport, will receive a $125,000 loan to repair resurface subdivision streets and install underground utilities. 

The Huttonsville Public Service District, located in Mill Creek, will receive a loan of $1,910,000 and a grant of $750,000 to expand public water services to approximately 264 new customers in Randolph County. These residents currently rely on individual wells that may not have a sufficient quantity of water to meet their needs, and could also lack in water quality. 

“Investments in our rural communities are critical to attracting the businesses and residents that will help our economy thrive,” Senator Manchin said. “These funds will help ensure that West Virginians have the services and facilities they need, which will improve their quality of life and the overall health of our rural communities.” 

“These projects are important for the health and safety of West Virginians.  Our rural communities deserve access to clean, safe and adequate amounts of water,” said Rockefeller. “This investment in the improvement and extension of public utilities means access to clean drinking water, better health and an improved quality of life for these residents.”

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.