Posted: Sep 13, 2016

Economic Development Administration Awards Region VII with Planning Grant

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide $70,000 to the Region 4 Planning and Development Council and $70,000 to the Region VII Planning and Development Council. This funding will be used to establish an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation in the region. The Region 4 Planning and Development Council are comprised of Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, and Webster counties. The Region VII Planning and Development Council are comprised of Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Tucker, and Upshur counties.


Posted: Sep 12, 2016

Governor Tomblin Presents Barbour County Commission with VOCA, Community Justice Program Funds

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today presented more than $9.3 million in grant funding to community support groups and justice programs across the state. This funding will be used to develop new programming and enhance existing initiatives to support West Virginia’s communities and state justice system.

 “With this needed funding, community programs from all corners of our state will be better equipped to serve children and families and further strengthen West Virginia’s justice system.” Gov. Tomblin said. “We are expanding direct services to victims of crime, putting programs in place to help at-risk youth get back on track and preparing parents with the life skills they need to foster a healthy, nurturing environment to raise their families.”


Posted: Aug 24, 2016

Upshur and Randolph County Economic Development Authorities Receive POWER Funds for Economic and Workforce Development Initiatives

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined representatives of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to announce the first round of federal Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grants, which total over $16 million for West Virginia, or more than 40 percent of the federal money, and will support thirteen economic development projects across the state—two of which are located in the Region VII PDC district.

With the help of Region VII’s services, the following two projects are slated to receive over $4,000,000:  


Posted: Mar 10, 2016

Governor Tomblin Presents Lewis County Commission with Small Cities Block Grant

LEWIS COUNTY COMMISSION

$1,250,000

This $3.6 million project will enable the Lewis County Commission to extend water service to 96 households in the Churchville and Sugar Camp area, including Laurel Run, Mare Run, Limestone Run and Murphy Creek areas in the Northwest Lewis Water Extension. This area is currently served by individual wells, many of which have low quantity and quality.

Congratulations to Agnes Queen and Lewis County Commission. 


Posted: Mar 10, 2016

Governor Tomblin Presents 13 Communities with Small Cities Block Grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 8, 2016) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today presented more than $12 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 13 critical infrastructure projects to support communities across West Virginia. In total, more than $44 million in other federal, state and local funding will support these projects for more than 17,000 West Virginia households, improving infrastructure reliability statewide.


Posted: Mar 10, 2016

Governor Tomblin Presents Tucker County with Small Cities Block Grant

TUCKER COUNTY COMMISSION                                                                                       

$1,250,000

This $6.25 million project will upgrade the existing Hamrick Public Service District water treatment plant, improve the existing distribution system and provide water service along Location Road to more than 700 households. The project will also include the installation of new water lines, booster stations, and tanks to serve residents who currently rely on private wells, many of which have low quality and quantity.

Congratulations to Lowell Moore and the Tucker County Commission. 


Posted: Nov 06, 2015

Governor Tomblin Announces Land And Water Grants - City of Elkins

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (November 5, 2015) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced $584,809 in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants for 11 community outdoor recreation projects across the state. These park improvements will leverage nearly $1.2 million in federal, local and private funds and will benefit more than 236,000 West Virginia residents.

 The National Park Service provides Land and Water Conservation Grant Funds to the State. Funds are administered by the Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office.

City of Elkins: $30,000 for the installation of new playground equipment with accommodations for persons with disabilities in the City's 34-acre Glendale Park.


Posted: Nov 06, 2015

Governor Tomblin Announces Land And Water Grants - Town of Davis

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (November 5, 2015) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced $584,809 in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants for 11 community outdoor recreation projects across the state. These park improvements will leverage nearly $1.2 million in federal, local and private funds and will benefit more than 236,000 West Virginia residents.

The National Park Service provides Land and Water Conservation Grant Funds to the State. Funds are administered by the Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office.

Town of Davis: $60,000 to construct the Tucker County Boulder Park that will feature a rock-climbing installation and future trailhead for walking trails in and around the Davis - Canaan Valley area.


Posted: May 28, 2015

Capito hosts broadband event in Fairmont

FAIRMONT -- On Wednesday,May 27, Region VII Executive Director Shane Whitehair had the opportunity to serve as one of seven panelists at a forum about the need to expand broadband Internet service in West Virginia. Hosted by Senator Shelley Moore Capito, "The Economics of Being Connected: A Discussion on the Challenges Facing Broadband Infrastructure in West Virginia," took place at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center located in Fairmont. Capito says improving broadband access is her top priority and has developed a three-step plan called Capito Connect. To learn more, visit her website at www.capito.senate.gov.

Also pictured is Mark Defalco, telecommunications initiative manager for the Appalachian Regional Commission.