Saturday, December 7, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces $2.2 Million in Appalachian Regional Commission Grants

Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell speaking at...
Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell speaking at CPAC. Please attribute to Gage Skidmore if used elsewhere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Grants leverage cultural, natural, community, structural and economic assets in Southwest Virginia

RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced $2.2 million in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants for 10 projects in the ARC region, which encompasses 25 counties and eight independent cities in Southwest Virginia.

“ARC funds are part of an economic development strategy to spur growth in the Appalachian region,” said Governor McDonnell. “We are encouraging development in communities that are poised for future growth by funding projects such as infrastructure, education, tourism and entrepreneurship support.”

Established in 1965, the general goal of the ARC program is to assist the region in achieving economic prosperity that more completely reflects the nation’s overall prosperity. ARC funds are broadly aimed at providing economic development in the Appalachian Region by funding projects such as infrastructure, entrepreneurship support and workforce development.  The grants support the goal of building a strong and sustainable asset-based economy by bringing jobs and prosperity to Appalachian communities while preserving their character.

2013 Virginia Appalachian Regional Commission Program Grants:
Project Name
ARC Award
New College Foundation
New College Center of Excellence
$   200,000
The Highland Center
Attracting New Residents to Highland County
$   50,000
Emory and Henry College
Creation of classrooms with lab facilities for Emory and Henry College School of Health Sciences
$   500,000
People Incorporated Financial Services
People Incorporated Financial Services Small Business Boot Camp
$   75,513

The Crooked Road
Crooked Road Economic Impact Assessment
$   10,000
Mountain Empire Community College
Mountain Empire College Access Initiative
$   99,612
Town of Big Stone Gap
Big Stone Gap Visitors Center
$   51,294
Wise County Public Service Authority
Roda, Osaka and Stonega Sewer Project – Phase I
$   500,000
St. Paul IDA
Willis Building Renovation
$   500,000
Town of Haysi
Haysi Trails Center Development Project
$   288,564

$   2,272,938

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