Governor Earl Ray Tomblin held a press conference Thursday to announce the recipients of grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission Investment Program.
Joined by Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette and the West Virginia Development Office, Tomblin presented more than $4.7 million in funding to support 11 programs and organizations in the state. Many of the projects involved public water and educational services. Tomblin said it can make all the different for folks in the state.
"It’ll give several hundred additional people water and sewer in their homes," Tomblin said. "In many cases it’ll help businesses be able to expand like the project at the aerospace company in Monroe County creating new jobs, so these are so important for our state."
The project Tomblin is talking about will allow Union in Monroe County to expand public water access to UTC Aerospace. A million dollar award that will allow them to retain 369 current jobs and create 70 new ones. Other big awards include $1.5 million to the Logan County Public Service District to help provide public wastewater service to customers who currently rely on private septic systems.