Sixteen projects totaling $7.3M recommended for Appalachian Regional Commission grants
Economy, Virginia

Sixteen projects totaling $7.3M recommended for Appalachian Regional Commission grants

Crystal Graham
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The Appalachian Regional Commission will review 16 projects totaling $7.3 million in grants when it meets later this year. The projects are recommended by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, and ARC will finalize approval for the region which encompasses 25 counties and eight cities.

“ARC funding plays a pivotal role in empowering Appalachian communities to address their unique challenges, capitalize on their unique assets and drive positive change,” said Youngkin. “These projects will create new economic opportunities, build critical infrastructure and support community development across Appalachian communities that too often go underserved.”

The recommendations include:

  • The Barter Foundation, Barter Theatre Campus Renovation, Phase 1, $700,000
  • Blue Grass Resource Center, Highland Inn Revitalization, $700,000
  • Lee County, St. Charles Monarch Water Line Replacement, $700,000
  • Lee County, Western Lee Sewer System Wastewater Treatment Plan, $700,000
  • Patrick County, West Piedmont Planning District Commission Universal Broadband Project, $700,000
  • Town of Stuart, Downtown Revitalization, $700,000
  • Wise County, Center for Workforce and Innovation in Appalachia Wastewater Treatment Plant, $700,000
  • Bland Ministry Center and Dental Clinic, Bland Ministry Dental Clinic, $500,000
  • Dickenson County, Red Onion Industrial Park Project Revision, $500,000
  • New River Valley Regional Commission, New River Valley Passenger Rail Station Authority Planning Grant, $354,000
  • Friends of Southwest Virginia, Gateways to Southwest Virginia: Outdoor Economy Recreation Plan, $300,000
  • Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Foundation, Regional Simulation Lab for Nursing and Allied Health, $300,000
  • Lenowisco PDC, Invest SWVA Initiative, $234,000
  • ‘Round the Mountain SWVA’s Artisan Network, Artisan Gateway Project, $100,000
  • Washington County, Mendota and Creeper Trail Broadband, $100,000
  • The Crooked Road, Celebrating the Crooked Road, $64,135

ARC grants are aimed at supporting the goal of building a strong and sustainable asset-based economy by funding projects that serve as catalysts for bringing jobs and prosperity to Appalachian communities, all while preserving their character.

“By funding targeted projects such as improved water systems, community centers and broadband access, we are diversifying and strengthening both the economy and the quality of life for those in Appalachia,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “We are actively fostering economic growth and signifying our unwavering commitment to the prosperity and resilience of the region.”

The Department of Housing and Community Development works with localities and stakeholders in the region to develop strategic projects, which are evaluated by DHCD and the governor, to be recommended to the federal commission for approval.

“ARC grants are an important resource for transformation of Appalachia,” said Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Director Bryan Horn. “The program’s flexibility allows us to offer targeted assistance in community-identified areas, filling in funding gaps and empowering Virginia’s Appalachian communities.”

Additional information about ARC is available.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.