Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 12, 2014

Reconnecting McDowell purchases Welch property

WELCH —  In an effort to recruit and retain teachers as well as encourage economic development in McDowell County, the Reconnecting McDowell partnership purchased a long-abandoned property Monday in downtown Welch that will become apartment-style housing for teachers and other professionals.

Reconnecting McDowell purchased the former Best Furniture and Katzen buildings and attached parking lots for $92,000, organizers announced Monday.

“This is an enormous step forward in Reconnecting McDowell’s goal to attract great teachers to McDowell, to encourage them to stay and become integral members of the community, and to reinvigorate the economy in McDowell County,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the convening partner of Reconnecting McDowell.

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