Community Development Digest

West Virginia

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WV Gov Pushes Brownfield Remediation, Economic Development

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) is pushing legislation that would create a public nonprofit corporation to identify and promote programs supporting environmental and brownfield remediation and economic development.

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Funding Available to Help Connect Small Businesses to DOT Contracts

Between $125,000 and $145,000 is available for business-focused community organizations and others in the South Atlantic region, which includes North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

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Ohio Consortium Chosen for Manufacturing Pilot

The Defense Department provides $30 million to create a new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown, OH.  Serving the eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia border areas, NAMII is a pilot program demonstrating viability of the Obama administration'...

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Benedum Provides Economic, Community Development Funds

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation offers community development grant funding to West Virginia communities and economic development funding to communities both there and southwestern Pennsylvania. The Foundation accepts applications year-round. It makes community and economic development fun...

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EPA Grant to Redevelop WV Brownfields Site

  The Environmental Protection Agency sends $200,000 in brownfields cleanup funds to the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle (BDC) to remediate hazardous substances at the site of a former Chester, WV pottery plant. EPA officials say the money will help the BDC clean th...

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Consortium Forms to Boost Broadband Use in Rural Areas

A consortium of higher-education associations, public interest groups, and high-tech companies forms the Advanced Internet Regions (AIR.U) to upgrade broadband Internet access to underserved universities and their communities. The effort will begin with pilot Super Wi-Fi network projects in several...

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HUD Auditors Seek Justification of Homelessness Spending

HUD auditors say a West Virginia nonprofit should justify $711,676 for expenditures in the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) funds or repay HUD for spending it cannot support. The audit of Buckhannon-based Mountain CAP of West Virginia Inc. followed in the wake of a compla...

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WV Officials Stress Careful CDBG Spending

West Virginia development officials are emphasizing the need for spending federal money more carefully – and are pressing recipients to be more accountable – as they deal with Community Development Block Grant Small Cities funding cuts. Mary Jo Thompson, director of Community Development in th...

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(CDBG) State and Local Briefs

California: Glendora city officials are proposing to use about $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant formula funding for housing and community-related programs next year. City officials already are warning that the city and nonprofits are likely to experience funding reductions in the FY 201...

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(AWARDS) HUD Issues Brownfields Funding

HUD issues what could be the last of its Brownfield Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) funds, sending $13.3 million of $17.3 million available to help finance redevelopment at six former industrial sites. HUD is expected to redistribute the remaining $4 million, one HUD official says. Some proje...

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