MCRA receives $20,000 grant
A Mingo Messenger Staff Report
Appalachian Power announced this week that the company is awarding economic development grants for projects in several West Virginia and Virginia counties and cities. The grants total $155,000.
Company officials say the grants represent the company’s continuing efforts to promote economic growth in its service territories.
Thirteen localities and nonprofits will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 via the company’s Economic Development Growth Enhancement (EDGE) program. One of the recipients is the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority.
Company officials said the funds will be used for site development or to support marketing and promotion, or new business and retention.
Officials said the MCRA will receive a $20,000 grant to support its Refresh Appalachia program, which provides educational and training opportunities for the unemployed, including former coal miners.
MCRA Executive Director Leasha Johnson said the funds specifically will allow the MCRA to move forward with construction of a critical multi-purpose building for agricultural product processing at the Mingo County Wood Products Industrial Park.
“The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority and its Refresh Appalachia partners are extremely grateful for the 2016 EDGE grant award provided by Appalachian Power,” Johnson said in an email.
“This award represents an investment by Appalachian Power in both workforce development and the growth of a sustainable agriculture industry in southern West Virginia.”
The following is a complete list of EDGE Grant recipients:
• Mason County Development Authority — $20,000
• Mingo County Redevelopment Authority — $20,000
• Wayne County Development Authority — $20,000
• Advantage Valley, Inc. — $10,000
• Huntington Area Development Council — $5,000
• RED Partnership — $5,000
• Western Virginia Regional Industrial Facility Authority — $20,000
• Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance — $10,000
• Virginian Corridor Regional Authority — $10,000
• New River Valley Economic Development Alliance — $15,000
• Roanoke County Economic Development Department — $10,000
• Nelson County’s Economic Development Department — $5,000
• City of Lynchburg Economic Development Department — $5,000