The Appalachian Regional Commission has just awarded more than 1.3 million dollars to support economic development projects throughout West Virginia.
The grants fund four main projects. The first is a summer literacy and physical activity program for elementary school students. The second is helping Potomac State College of WVU purchase medical equipment to outfit a new nursing patient care simulation lab for its campus in Keyser. The third goes to the town of Gilbert, which is expanding a water main so more households and businesses have reliable access to clean water. Finally, WorkForce West Virginia will be using the grant to help existing West Virginia businesses become more competitive.
Three of the four projects are also receiving funding from local sources.
The Appalachian Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership designed to improve economic opportunities, aid in work force development and improve infrastructure in Appalachia. Last year the agency approved over $150 million in funding for almost 600 economic development projects across Appalachia.
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