Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: June 10, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alenaa Yarmosky, | Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development: Amanda Love,, (804) 371-7006

Governor Northam Announces Over $4.9 Million in Appalachian Regional Commission Grants

Funding to expand health care, spur economic development, improve infrastructure, and create jobs for the Appalachian Region

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced he is recommending more than $4.9 million in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants for 20 projects in the Appalachian Region of Virginia, which encompasses 25 counties and eight independent cities in Southwest Virginia. ARC will finalize approval of these project awards later this year.

“Appalachian Regional Commission grants are a vital resource for communities in this important region of our Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “This funding will support projects that aim to build on the momentum of other state and local initiatives to train our workforce, improve critical infrastructure, and create jobs and opportunity throughout Appalachia.”

Established in 1965, the general goal of the ARC program is to assist the region in achieving economic prosperity that more completely reflects the nation’s overall prosperity. ARC funds are broadly aimed at providing economic development in the Appalachian Region by funding projects that support the goal of building a strong and sustainable asset-based economy by bringing jobs and prosperity to Appalachian communities while preserving their character. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) works with localities and stakeholders in the region to assist in developing strategic projects that are evaluated by DHCD and the Governor.

“These proposed projects will strategically invest in Virginia’s Appalachian communities,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “ARC grants are targeted to enhance community development initiatives and to be combined with other local, state, and federal resources to improve economic opportunity for Appalachian residents.”

The following projects are recommended for funding to the Appalachian Regional Commission:


Project Name


Buchanan County

Paw Paw Waterline Extension


City of Covington

Alleghany Highlands Drone Zone


City of Radford

Downtown City of Radford Planning Grant


Craig County

Craig County Resource Center


Friends of Southwest Virginia

Trail Development, Sustainability and Connectivity in the Mount Rogers Anchor Area


Town of Haysi

Haysi Trails Center


Henry County

Fieldale Recreation Center Improvements


Lee County

Giles Hollow Waterline Extension


Lee County

Western Lee Sewer Infrastructure Project



Community Foundation Development Project for SWVA


Patrick County

Healthy Patrick County


Town of Pulaski

Pulaski Works: Planning for a Training Center and Makerspace


Town of Pulaski

Sanitary Sewer Improvements:
James Hardie Facility


Town of St. Paul

Lyric Theater


Southwest Regional Recreation Authority (Spearhead Trails)

Catalyst for Growth in Developing the Tourism Economy of the Coalfields     


Virginia Coalfield Regional Tourism Development Authority

Clinch-Powell-Big Sandy Biodiversity and Conservation Destination Center


Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority

NRV Commerce Park Grading


Wise County

Banner Sewer Project


Wise County IDA

Expanding Life Saving Healthcare Networks with UAS Technology and Training for Remote Medical Facilities in SWVA Feasibility Study


Wise County IDA

Feasibility of Economic Diversification Through Commercial Graphene Applications




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