CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Appalachian Regional Commission is awarding nearly $4 million to fund eight projects in West Virginia as part of job retention and expansion efforts in coal communities.
On Friday, the ARC announced $22.8 million in funding for 33 projects in nine states, including a total of $3,622,225 to fund 8 projects in West Virginia.
The funding amounts for West Virginia projects include:
$1,020,556 - West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition in Charleston, WV, for the "Geographic Food and Agriculture Systems Development" project.
$1,000,000 - West Virginia Community Development Hub (The Hub) in Charleston, WV, for the "Mountain State Capital: Filling the Critical Venture Capital Gap in West Virginia" project.
$796,924 - Grow Ohio Valley (GOV) in Wheeling, WV, for the "Agribusiness Development in the Upper Ohio Valley" project.
$485,284 - Morgantown Sober Living Inc. in Morgantown, WV, for the "Reintegrate Appalachia: Job Creation and Workforce Development for West Virginians Impacted by Substance Use Disorders" project.
$100,000 - Center for Rural Health Development in Hurricane, WV, for the "Creating a More Vibrant Economy for Coal-Impacted Counties in West Virginia" project.
$80,691 - Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER), for a project targeting five West Virginia counties, "Benefit U: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial, Health Insurance, and Retirement Solutions."
$79,270 - Marshall University Research Corporation, in Huntington, WV for the "Craft Beer and Spirit Trail" project.
$59,500 - New River Gorge Trail Alliance (NRGTA) in Fayetteville, WV, for the "Linking Trails and Communities to Spawn Economic Growth and Wellness: Expanding the Southern West Virginia Bike Trail Network project."