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11.16.2022
Funding will support housing rehabilitation, water and sewer improvements, and community development projects Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced more than $11.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 10 projects across the Commonwealth. The projects will receive funding to rehabilitate housing, improve water and sewer infrastructure and provide facilities for needed services and expand business development support and entrepreneurial ecosystem development services, benefiting more than 700 low- to moderate-income Virginians.   “Community Development Block Grants continue to be an invaluable resource for Virginia communities, offering targeted support to community-identified needs and fostering support for our most vulnerable Virginians,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “With these grants, we can make important investments in infrastructure, housing rehabilitation and economic development that will build stronger communities for all across the Commonwealth.”   The federally funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development since 1982 and annually receives approximately $19 million to distribute to small cities, counties, and towns. Most CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process with a goal of benefiting low- and moderate-income households. With these funds, localities can provide infrastructure for new or expanding industries, provide new or improved water and sewer systems in rural areas, rehabilitate housing in declining neighborhoods, revitalize commercial districts, provide support to small businesses and provide facilities for a variety of needed services, such as health clinics in underserved areas.  “While each of the 10 awarded projects support vastly different community goals, they all foster strong local partnerships and will help build a stronger Virginia economy,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “The CDBG program offers the flexibility needed to accommodate the unique needs of the community, while working towards a stronger, more cohesive Commonwealth.”  A full list of the 2022 CDBG awarded projects can be found here.

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10.28.2022
Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced more than $4 million in grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative. The funding will support workforce development, community revitalization and expanded health service efforts through economic development initiatives in the Appalachian region.   “The downturn of the coal industry has impacted regional economies across Appalachia, making regional partnerships and collaborative community efforts more important than ever as we diversify the Appalachian economy,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “Not only will these projects support economic growth and development in Appalachian communities, but they are in line with my administration’s 2022 Virginia Energy Plan, focusing on a more realistic and dynamic future for Virginia’s energy production and consumption.”  The ARC POWER Initiative is a congressionally funded program that helps communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production. More than $47 million in funding for 52 projects across 181 countries was made possible by the ARC POWER initiative. Since POWER launched in 2015, ARC has invested $366.6 million in 447 projects across 360 coal-impacted counties.  “As we focus on growing Virginia’s economy, we must ensure that Appalachian residents and businesses have the resources they need to create thriving and robust communities,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “With this new round of investment through ARC’s POWER grants, coal-impacted communities will have the resources they need to capitalize on their strengths, address community-identified challenges and continue to build a stronger, more resilient Appalachia.”   The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian Region. In Virginia, 25 counties and eight cities comprise the ARC region.   2022 ARC POWER Virginia Awardees: Food Sector Workforce Expansion in Central Appalachia | $1,500,000  Appalachian Sustainable Development  The Appalachian Sustainable Development, in partnership with ACEnet, Coalfield Development, Sprouting Farms, Rural Action and the Appalachian Resource Conservation and Development Council, will address challenges facing agricultural producers and food processors as they scale operations to reach wholesale markets. This project will create a transformative workforce ecosystem, overlaid on a strong food sector value chain, to create economic and social benefits in rural communities in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, West Virginia and Southeast Ohio. Additionally, this project expects to serve 125 existing businesses, create 40 new businesses, serve 310 workers and trainees and create 53 new jobs.    New River Water Trail Expansion Project | $1,500,000  New River Valley Regional Commission   The New River Valley Regional Commission will construct or improve four public launches along the New River Water Trail, as well as expand the New River Trail website, which connects the Water Trail to existing activities and businesses in the area. Additionally, the project will support a substantial volunteer effort and conduct ongoing river stewardship efforts that will maintain the river access points into the future. This project will serve the 15 communities along the New River, providing important visibility and connection between the New River Water Trail and regional tourism and attracting an estimated 1,500 new visitors each year.    Dick and Willie Passage Trail 6A Completion | $665,000  Henry County  Henry County will complete the last mile of an existing 2.96-mile gap in the D&W trail, Virginia’s longest public trail, connecting neighborhoods to opportunities for shopping, dining, entertainment and the new Riverview park, as well as make improvements to the “Bike Barn,” a low-cost bike loan program that allows both visitors and residents to affordable bike the length of the trail. This project has been a longstanding regional goal, connecting to wider efforts both to promote Virginia’s regional trail system and to further foster Virginia tourism.    Expansion of Dental Services for Central Appalachia | $500,000  The Health Wagon  The St. Mary’s Health Wagon will facilitate education and training of new dental professionals, as well as provide comprehensive oral health care services for individuals referred from the Health Wagon’s mobile services and stationary clinics. The project plans to support individuals impacted by the loss of coal jobs, lack of dental insurance, and others who have dental health issues that can cause barriers to employment. This project will create four jobs, improve the lives of 2,000 patients and improve six trainees through clinical workforce training over the course of one year.  

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10.25.2022
WHAT: The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold an informational session for the town of Hurley residents affected by the 2021 flooding disaster on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Trey Adkins Athletic Center, D A Justus Road, Hurley, VA. This meeting will include information about the program application process, eligibility requirements and program guidelines to assist residents in applying for the disaster relief program.   WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m.   WHERE: Trey Adkins Athletic Center, D A Justus Road, Hurley, VA 24620

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