Capito and Manchin announce funding for 13 rural development projects in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) and Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $680,700 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for 13 projects in the West. Virginia. The funding will support upgrading local infrastructure, spurring small business development, boosting agricultural production, and providing additional resources to West Virginia communities.

“It’s great to see West Virginia receiving funding through the USDA’s Rural Development Program that will improve our infrastructure, strengthen our small businesses, and boost communities across our state,” said Senator Capito. “I’m confident this funding will help make a difference in West Virginia communities, and I look forward to continuing my efforts to secure resources that help support our communities and improve the lives of our residents.”

“Investing in our communities drives economic development and creates well-paying, long-term jobs. I am pleased that the USDA is investing more than $680,000 in these 13 critical projects across West Virginia that will strengthen local infrastructure, support small business expansion, help provide a variety of resources to residents of West Virginia and more. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for funding to ensure that our rural communities in the Mountain State have the resources they need to thrive,” said Senator Manchin.

Individual awards listed below:

  • $99,900 – City of Philippi: This funding will be used to upgrade and expand the city’s infrastructure, including new water, sewer, electrical and gas lines.
  • $74,000 – RiffRaff Art Collective, Princeton: This funding will be used to develop a strategic organizational plan focused on the Lonnie Gunter, Jr. Center for Culture and History, as well as to provide technical assistance.
  • $65,000 – Little Kanawha Area Development Corporation: This funding will be used to accelerate the growth of existing small businesses by providing the resources, networks and support needed to raise capital and grow as sustainable businesses.
  • $60,000 – Friends of Monroe, Union: This funding will be used to develop a comprehensive entrepreneurial support system to increase the success of small start-ups through technical assistance, training, mentoring and the creation of business plans.
  • $60,000 – Forest Development Group, Elkins: This funding will be used to transform the existing commercial space into an incubator for two new commercial ventures, as well as establish a high-quality, fully functional commercial kitchen.
  • $50,000 – Webster County Economic Development Authority: This funding will support the rehabilitation of a building and parking lot to establish the Convention of Visitors Bureau.
  • $50,000 – Mingo County Redevelopment Authority: This funding will support the development and expansion of businesses around Hatfield McCoy Trails.
  • $50,000 –Semper Liberi, Martinsburg: This funding will be used to purchase two vans to help people in recovery looking for employment and training to re-enter the labor market. The project should create 13 jobs.
  • $50,000 – Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation, Maxwelton: This funding will be used to accelerate bio-based economic development in rural areas, which will create new jobs with local forestry, transportation and sawmill businesses.
  • $50,000 – Jefferson County Development Authority: This funding will be used to create “Agriculture at Home,” a marketing and development initiative that will build the resilience of agricultural producers and businesses by expanding market access and improving market availability.
  • $50,000 – Fairmont Community Development Partnership: This funding will be used to establish a revolving loan fund that will provide support to small businesses to finance their operating expenses. The project should save 22 jobs and create 15.
  • $19,000 – City of Burnsville: This funding will support the purchase of a 2021 Toyota Daihatsu Hijet HD mini dump truck to replace the current aging and rusting vehicle needed for city operations.
  • $2,800 – Barbour County: This funding will support the purchase of a 2022 Dodge Durango V8 to replace one of the Barbour County Law Enforcement Department’s aging cruisers. The cruiser will be used for patrol and law enforcement activities.

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