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Virginia Careers Helped by ARC Funding

Posted on March 31, 2009

A new set of funding will include training for those with Virginia careers.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced he has recommended more than $2.7 million in Appalachian Regional Commission funding for 17 projects in Southwest Virginia. The projects will address economic development, early childhood education, health programs, job training and water quality.

“The programs funded through these grants will address a variety of important community needs in Southwest Virginia,” Kaine said in a press release. “The work of the ARC is critical to the quality of life of citizens in Appalachia and I am happy to recommend these projects for funding.”

The projects will be awarded through ARC’s Area Development and Asset-Based Development Initiative funds. Area Development Initiative funds are aimed at encouraging economic development by funding projects like infrastructure, entrepreneurship support and workforce development. Asset-Based Development Initiative funds are aimed to build a strong and sustainable asset-based economy by bringing jobs and prosperity to the area while maintaining its character.

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development recommends eligible grantees to receive ARC funding for projects within Virginia’s Appalachian region, which is made up of 25 counties and eight independent cities in Southwest Virginia.

“These projects address a variety of needs in Southwest Virginia and collaboratively work together to strengthen the economy and quality of life for those in the Appalachian region,” DHCD Director Bill Shelton said in the press release.

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