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

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

Posted: Jan 23, 2015

Town of Harman awarded more than $180,000 to continue water system improvement project

Congratulations to the Town of Harman, which on Thursday was awarded $180,774 in Small Cities Block Grant funds that will be utilized to improve its existing water system. This $4 million project will improve the Town of Harman's water treatment plant and extend water service in Harman in Randolph County along Route 32 to include Pennington Road and Bonner Mountain Road. The extension in this area will serve approximately 200 households, many of which maintain individual wells with poor quality and quantity. 

Posted: Jan 23, 2015

Hamrick PSD receives SCBG funds to improve water distribution system

Congratulations to the Tucker County Commission, which on Thursday was awarded $250,000  is Small Cities Block Grant funds to upgrade the existing Hamrick Public Service District treatment plant. The funds will also be used to improve the existing distribution system and provide water service along Location Road. The $5.7 million project will include the refurbishment and replacement of existing water lines, tanks, valves hydrants and telemetry to ensure the longevity of the existing treatment plant. 

Posted: Jan 23, 2015

SCBG grant to help extend water in northwest Lewis County

CHARLESTON -- The Lewis County Commission on Thursday was awarded $250,000 in Small Cities Block Grant funds to help extend water service to 145 households in the Churchville, Mare Run, Sassafras Run, Limestone Run, Murphy Creek, Laurel Run, Linger Run, Hershman Run and Sugar Camp areas in the Northwest Lewis Water Extension. This area is currently served by individual wells, many of which provide a low quality and quantity of water. This project was one of 14 critical infrastructure projects for communities across West Virginia, which was tapped by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to receive SCBG funds. Tomblin on Thursday presented more than $12.3 million in SCBG funds.

Posted: Dec 08, 2014

Town of Jane Lew awarded Land and Water Conservation Grant funds to improve community park

Congratulations to the Town of Jane Lew, which was recently awarded $42,300 in Land and Water Conservation Grant funds to construct ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)-compliant improvements at the Jane Lew Community Park, including accessible playground equipment, pathway lighting, parking lot paving and marking, and new restroom fixtures.

In total, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced on Dec. 5 more than $300,000 in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants for projects in six communities. The grants supplement more than $1 million in other federal, local and private funds that will be used to improve local parks and recreation areas throughout West Virginia.

Posted: Sep 09, 2014

Governor recommends Gilmer County water project for ARC funding

CHARLESTON -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday announced recommendations for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Investment Program grants. Region VII Executive Director Shane Whitehair, pictured above at left, and Project Manager Cary Smith, fifth from left, were in Charleston Monday when Tomblin announced he is recommending that the Appalachian Regional Commission fund the Gilmer County Public Service District Route 5 and Hattie Road Water Extension project.

Posted: Jan 07, 2014

Town of Burnsville receives approval of a Small Cities Block Grant

Congratulations to the Town of Burnsville on receiving approval of a Small Cities Block Grant in the amount of $175,000.00 for their Water System Improvement and Extension project.  This project will make improvements to Burnsville's existing system as well as extend service to the Route 5 and Orlando areas of Braxton County.  This grant will assist Burnsville in completing the engineering design and administration requirements for the project.