Posted: May 08, 2019

Lewis County Commission Awarded $500,000 Community Development Block Grant

Shane Whitehair and Cary Smith attended the Community Developent Block Grant Award Ceremony at the Lewis County Courthouse on April 1, 2019.  Governor Jim Justice presented the Lewis County Commission with an award of $500,000 for the Southern Lewis County Broadband Project.

These funds are just one piece of $13.1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars that have been dedicated for various broadband and infrastructure projects throughout West Virginia this year by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This broadband infrastructure project in Lewis County will improve access to high-speed internet to nearly 500 people and 7 businesses in communities in the southern part of the county.

The project will also allow the county’s Economic Development Authority to facilitate economic growth for the whole region by providing digital enhancements to education, health care, public safety and more.

A grand total of $2.4 million of the overall CDBG funds awarded in West Virginia will go toward similar broadband projects, benefitting thousands of people in 10 different counties across the state.

In total, 19 different communities throughout West Virginia have been awarded CDBG grants for this year.