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Two West Virginia entries are among the 60 finalists in the “Build Back Better Regional Challenge,” which occupies the marquee spot among the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s American Rescue Plan programs. The 60 finalists were chosen from a pool of 529 applicants.

The coalition lead applicant, the West Virginia Department of Economic Development, proposes to create a defense and national security industry cluster in West Virginia’s southern and central energy communities. The aim is to capitalize on the skills of the region’s veterans, to support the work.

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— Staff, wire reports

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