Local group earns ‘POWER’ grant

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – U.S. Senators from West Virginia, Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito have announced more than $7.9 million in grants through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization, or POWER, grant program for groups around the state.

The Friends of Cheat will receive $50,000.

The grants are expected to create new jobs, services and attract private investment to the state.

“The POWER grants are a great investment in West Virginia and I am glad that the ARC is serious about helping coal communities across our state with this funding,” Manchin said. “These investments will help create the jobs, services and infrastructure needed to attract new industries to our communities, help heal our state from the opioid epidemic and job loss from declining coal jobs, and get more West Virginians back to work. I look forward to witnessing the positive impact of these POWER grants on our communities and economy.”

“POWER grants provide critical funding for communities across the state to diversify their economies. I’m particularly excited that this round of funding contains rewards to support entrepreneurship and expand broadband capabilities,” Capito said. “As Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee that authorizes ARC and the author of legislation that continues the commission for another five years, I’m committed to working with the ARC to ensure funding continues to flow through West Virginia.”