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This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: June 12, 2017
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov | Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Barbara Dodd, (804) 371-7006, barb.dodd@dhcd.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Recommends More Than $2.7 million in Appalachian Regional Commission Grants

~Grants leverage local assets in Virginia’s Appalachian Region~


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced he is recommending more than $2.7 million in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awards for ten projects in the Appalachian Region, which encompasses 25 counties and eight independent cities in Southwest Virginia. ARC will finalize approval of these project awards later this year.

“Supporting Virginia’s Appalachian Region with investments in water, sewer, and critical infrastructure is key to building the new Virginia economy in the region," said Governor McAuliffe. “Additionally, by improving outcomes in workforce training, early childhood development, and other fundamental areas we are ensuring federal assistance gives our communities and residents new opportunities. As the Trump administration seeks to cut the funding for this critical support for rural communities, I hope they will evaluate these projects and the many other ways that the ARC creates opportunity in states like Virginia.”

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 aimed at providing economic development opportunities in the Appalachian Region by funding projects that support the goal of building a strong and sustainable asset-based economy by bringing jobs and prosperity to Appalachian communities, while preserving their character.

“These projects are designed to work in partnership with critical efforts in the region to invest in the infrastructure and workforce components necessary to create new businesses and jobs,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “We look forward to seeing these investments build momentum on local initiatives.”

The following projects are recommended for funding to the Appalachian Regional Commission:


Project Name



Western Lee County Economic Assessment Study         


New River CC

Radford City Access to Community College Education


Tazewell County

Falls Mills Adult Day Care


William King Museum

Cultural Campus Development at William King Museum of Art


Town of Saint Paul

The Lyric Project


Wise County PSA

Tacoma Sewer Project


City of Covington

Alleghany Highlands Drone Zone


Lee County

Frog Level Phase II Water Project


People Inc. of Virginia

People Incorporated Project Discovery


United Way of SWVA

Early Childhood Workforce Development


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