Mingo County Redevelopment Authority

Several area agencies receive economic development funds

Dec 2016

ROANOKE, Va. - Projects in several West Virginia and Virginia counties and cities have been selected to share $155,000 in economic development grants from Appalachian Power.

The awards are part of Appalachian Power's efforts to promote economic growth in the company's service territory, the company said in a news release.

Thirteen localities and nonprofits, including some in the Tri-State, will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 through the company's Economic Development Growth Enhancement (EDGE) program administered by John Smolak, economic and business development director, the release stated. The funds will be used for site development or to support marketing and promotion, or new business development and retention.

"Appalachian Power received outstanding applications from local, regional and state organizations throughout Virginia and West Virginia," Smolak said. "These groups work hard to promote economic growth and business retention in thoughtful and innovative ways and we want to help them succeed."

Among the recipients was the Huntington Area Development Council, which was awarded $5,000 to e-assess its current strategic plan for regional economic development.

"The Edge Grant provided by Appalachian Power will allow our organization to place a spotlight on our economic development strategy for the Huntington region," said HADCO President and CEO Dave Lieving. "It will help us to refine our focus and market our region to attract good jobs in the communities we serve."

The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority in West Virginia will receive a $20,000 grant to support its Refresh Appalachia program that provides educational and training opportunities for the unemployed including former coal miners.

Executive Director Leasha Johnson said the funds will allow her group to move forward with construction of a critical multi-purpose building for agricultural product processing at the Mingo County Wood Products Industrial Park.

"This award represents an investment in our workforce development and growth of a sustainable agriculture industry in southern West Virginia," Johnson said.

Other recipients in West Virginia:

>> $20,000 to the Mason County Development Authority to redevelop its master plan for a 200 acre county-owned industrial park.

>> $20,000 to the Wayne County Development Authority's new subsidiary, the Western Gate Land Development Corporation, for development of a master plan for a 50-acre tract near the Heartland Intermodal Gateway Facility.

>> $10,000 for Advantage Valley, Inc. to develop a new prospect lead generation and marketing program to capitalize on social media.

>> $5,000 for the RED Partnership to develop a database of potential new sites for development in Marshall County.