W.Va. governor suggests $4.7M in regional commission grants


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is suggesting more than $4.7 million in grants through the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Tomblin announced grant recommendations Thursday ranging from public water systems to education and workforce development.

The Appalachian Regional Commission includes federal, state and local partners providing financial and technical assistance for economic development and infrastructure projects.

The grants would fund 11 projects, some aiding small and mid-sized companies, at-risk high school students, and budding student entrepreneurs.

The largest grant would put $1.5 million toward extending public wastewater service to 131 customers in Logan County.

A $1 million grant would extend public water service from the town of Union to the UTC Aerospace Systems manufacturing plant north of the town. The project is expected to add 70 jobs at the facility.

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