Posted: Jun 20, 2017

USDA and Capito Award $3 Million Grant to Enhance Broadband Access in Barbour, Randolph, and Upshur Counties

Region VII Planning & Development Council is proud to announce that with our assistance, the Barbour County, Randolph County, and Upshur County Development Authorities have been awarded a $3,000,000.00 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to expand broadband coverage in sections of Barbour, Randolph, and Upshur counties. Please see the press release below from Senator Capito's office:

Posted: Apr 07, 2017

Randolph County Development Authority Awarded ARC Grant

With assistance from Region VII Planning & Development Council, the Randolph County Development Authority in Elkins received a $90,000 grant through Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to develop a plan focused on the promotion and expansion of the hardwood industry. 

In partnership with the Hardwood Alliance Zone, the plan will strengthen the economy of the nine-county region.

“The hardwood industry is one that is available in all 55 counties; it’s active in all 55 counties,” said WV Hardwood Alliance Zone Vice President Robbie Morris.  “Even though this plan will focus on those nine counties, I believe the state, as a whole, will be able to benefit greatly from the product that is produced from this grant.”

Posted: Apr 03, 2017

Upshur County Job Fair

Job Fair Hosted by West Virginia Wesleyan College & The Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a new Career. Stop by the Event Center at Brushy Fork!

April 4, 2017. The doors open at 10:00 AM.

Careers from: Fred Eberle, Weyerhauser, Wendlings, Stonewall Resort, Huttonsville Prison, West Virginia Army National Guard, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Lowes, WVU Medicine Recruitment & Retention, Shentel, and More.

Click here to register:

Posted: Dec 13, 2016

Governor Tomblin Presents Small City Block Grants to Region VII Projects

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today presented more than $12 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 12 critical infrastructure projects to support communities across West Virginia. In total, more than $47 million in other federal, state and local funds will support these projects, serving more than 6,500 residents and approximately 1,000 West Virginia households, improving infrastructure reliability statewide.

From Region VII’s district, the Town of Davis and the Upshur County Commission received the following awards: 

Posted: Nov 30, 2016

Governor Presents Transportation Alternatives Grant to City of Glenville

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced grant awards to fund 54 community and infrastructure projects across the state.

The Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Grant programs will provide more than $7 million for a variety of improvements.

“Improvements like those supported by the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails programs are investments that build a better and brighter future of West Virginia,” said Tomblin. “Today’s grant funding will allow us to build and repair infrastructure across the state-making our communities better places to live and work.”

Funding is provided by the Federal Highway Administration. The West Virginia Division of Highways administers the programs.

Posted: Nov 28, 2016

Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors

Region VII Planning & Development Council would like to thank all of our generous sponsors who support our region year-round and who graciously sponsored the 2016 Annual Christmas Celebration held at Stonewall Resort. This annual celebration would not be possible if it was not for the ongoing support of our sponsors and partners. We are extremely grateful for their help in making this celebration possible!

Please join us in thanking the following organizations:

Thrasher is the Mid-Atlantic regions premier engineering, architecture, survey, construction management, environmental and site development firm.

Posted: Oct 27, 2016

Randolph County Development Authority Receives Second POWER Award

Coalfield communities in West Virginia and around the country received millions of dollars on Wednesday, as part of the second round of grants under President Barack Obama’s POWER Initiative. The program is designed to help communities that are hard-hit by the decline of the coal industry.

Posted: Oct 26, 2016

EVENT: Friday, November 4 — Lewis County Housing Summit

To:      West Virginia Home Builders
            West Virginia Developers
            West Virginia Realtors

From:  Mike Herron, Executive Director
             Lewis County Economic Development Authority

Re:      Housing Summit November 4th
            Stonewall Resort State Park

Date:   November 4, 2016
             10 a.m. to 12 Noon