Capito and Manchin Announce $5.3 Million to Support Business Growth and Job Creation in West Virginia

WASHINGTON DC- U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), both members of the Senate Committee of Appropriations, today announced $5.3 million in grants to West Virginia communities to spur economic development. This funding was provided through the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) and will support water and sewer system upgrades in Berkeley Springs and utility system upgrades. sewers in Williamson.

“EDA is a key partner for communities to innovate and grow, and today’s announcement is another example of that collaboration and support,” said ranking member Capito. “With this funding, Berkeley Springs and Williamson will be able to upgrade their water and sewer systems, spur business investment and create jobs. I am thrilled to see the benefits these grants bring to West Virginia, and as the top Republican on the committee that oversees the EDA, I will continue to look for ways to support our local economies.

“Investing in our local communities creates well-paying jobs and boosts economic opportunity, and today’s announcement is great news for Berkeley Springs and Mingo County,” said Senator Manchin. “EDA continues to be a strong partner for West Virginia, and these investments in Morgan and Mingo counties will improve water, wastewater, and road infrastructure, which will strengthen economic development and spur our growing tourism industry. I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this funding and will continue to work with the EDA to support economic growth in Mountain State.

Individual awards listed below:

  • $3.2 million – Warm Springs Utility District (Berkeley Springs)
    • This funding will support the upgrading of water and sewer systems to support business growth and job creation. This EDA investment will be matched by $2.7 million in local funds and is expected to create 89 jobs, retain 195 jobs, and help leverage $8.2 million in private investment, according to recipient estimates.

  • $2.1 million – Mingo County Redevelopment Authority (Williamson)
    • This funding will support sewer system upgrades and road improvements at Mingo County Airlift Park to support job creation and economic resilience. This EDA investment will be matched by $520,000 in local funds and is expected to create 30 jobs, maintain 15 jobs, and help leverage $4 million in private investment, according to recipient estimates.

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