Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 15, 2014

Region 1 Planning Council in Princeton awarded $70,000 for economic development strategies

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON —  The Region 1 Planning and Development Council in Princeton has been awarded a $70,000 federal grant to assist in preparing economic development strategies for Mercer, McDowell, Monroe, Summers and Wyoming counties.

The funding award was jointly announced by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.

“In order to boost economic success in West Virginia, it is important to strengthen public-private partnerships, coordinate resources and make smart investments in our communities,” Manchin said. “The strategies developed and implemented with these investments will create new opportunities all around our state —from the Northern Panhandle to the Greenbrier Valley— and they will bring good-paying jobs to hardworking West Virginians.”

“West Virginia’s regional planning and development councils are dedicated to designing and implementing plans to boost our local economies and create jobs,” Rockefeller said. “If we want to see their work have a lasting impact, we must provide resources and support for their efforts. This funding is a critical investment in the economic foundation and future of communities across our state.”

“Federal investments like these EDA grants help give our region some leverage to compete in a global marketplace,” said Rahall, the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which has jurisdiction over the EDA. “Our Regional Councils help ensure a solid foundation for local and regional economic development to attract private-sector investments, expand existing businesses and attract new job opportunities, and keep future generations of West Virginians in their home state, building careers and raising their families.”