Earlier this week, Representative Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) welcomed $4,244,361.00 in funding from the Community Development Block Grant Program to critical infrastructure projects in the Second Congressional District.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides Community Development Block Grant funds to the state. Rep. Mooney supported this funding in the House of Representatives.

“These critical infrastructure projects are vital to economic growth in West Virginia.  Assuring that West Virginians have access to basic infrastructure, such as potable water and reliable broadband is a priority of mine and I am happy to help make these projects become a reality,” said Rep. Mooney.

“This award is a giant step for us. We are putting out a request for proposals to facilitate the solicitation of consultants who can assist us in moving forward and we thank Congressman Mooney for his support,” said Clay County Commissioner Jerry Linkinogger.

“From an EDA perspective, Hampshire County’s strategic approach to sustainable affordable broadband expansion will facilitate opportunity for economic development and job creation in all sectors of industry with focus in technology and manufacturing. Reliable broadband makes Hampshire competitive and equalizes our ability to market and recruit in these sectors,” said Hampshire County Economic Development Authority Director Eileen Johnson.

Awards listed below:

Braxton County Commission, $800,000

This project will extend service and provide potable water to 39 new customers in the Holly and Otter districts. Will install 7.5 miles of waterline, 39 meters, and related components. Will also provide additional fire protection.

Clay County Commission (Regional Grant), $125,000

This $125,000 project is to develop a broadband feasibility and business plan for Calhoun, Clay and Roane counties. This planning project promotes a regional approach to provide a roadmap to provide broadband throughout the three counties, whether it is middle mile, broadband to the home, fiber optics, wireless or white space. (Congressman Mooney provided a letter of support to help secure this grant.)