ROANOKE, Va., November 23, 2016 – Projects in several Virginia and West Virginia counties and cities have been selected to share $155,000 in economic development grants from Appalachian Power. The awards announced this week are part of Appalachian Power’s efforts to promote economic growth in the company’s service territory.
Thirteen localities and nonprofits 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 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.”
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.