CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ten projects in West Virginia will be funded by more than $4.3 million in Appalachian Regional Commission grants, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday.Among the projects are refurbished laptop computers and training for 785 middle-school students and their families in McDowell County.The ARC provided $118,000 toward the computer purchase, which also was funded through a matching grant from the nonprofit group Connect2Compete and the Reconnecting McDowell partnership.Other projects funded with ARC investment program grants include:$1.6 million to upgrade a deteriorated wastewater treatment plant and extend sewer lines in the Meadow Creek area of Summers County.
$1.5 million for wastewater service to 226 new residential and commercial customers in the Fraziers Run area of Marshall County. Customers currently rely on failing septic systems.The West Virginia Development Office will receive $275,000 to continue providing ARC-related technical assistance and project monitoring; $225,000 to provide training and consulting services to small- and medium-sized businesses and $100,000 to continue a community-based program for leadership and project training.$250,000 for the state Division of Energy to identify opportunities to redevelop surface-mine land.$100,000 for the Marshall University Research Corp. to help create and strengthen community-based diabetes coalitions.$70,000 in startup funding for a revolving loan fund for the Central Appalachia Development Organization, serving the counties of Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Tucker and Upshur. The loan fund is aimed at business retention and creation. $130,000 for Charleston-based Jobs for West Virginia Graduates Inc. to provide instruction, guidance and leadership development for an estimated 120 at-risk high school students.