This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: April 6, 2015
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, | Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development: Amanda Pearson, (804) 840-0129,

Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $2.1 Million in Appalachian Regional Commission Grants


Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $2.1 million in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awards for eight projects in the Appalachian Region, which encompasses 25 counties and eight independent cities in Southwest Virginia.

Speaking at today’s announcement at an event in Lexington, Governor McAuliffe said, “Virginia’s Appalachian Region is poised for growth.  By funding projects that support job creation, asset-based growth, workforce development, infrastructure and entrepreneurism, we are helping build the new Virginia economy in this region and the Commonwealth as a whole.”

Established in 1965, the general goal of the ARC program is to assist the region in achieving economic progress on par with the nation’s overall prosperity. ARC grants are broadly aimed at funding projects that support the goal of building a strong and sustainable asset-based economy.  They help bring jobs and prosperity to Appalachian communities while preserving their character.

“The ARC program supports a region of Virginia that has the natural, cultural, artisan and heritage assets that make it a treasured part of the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “These projects will assist in the transformation of the communities in the Appalachian region, making them even greater places to live, work and play.”

The following projects were awarded funding through the 2015 Appalachian Regional Commission:



Project Name

Award Offer

BARC Electric Cooperative

Community Solar Project and Learning Center

$ 500,000

Big Stone Gap

Mutual Pharmacy Complex Redevelopment

$ 500,000


My SWVA Opportunity Regional Entrepreneurship Blueprint Implementation

$ 50,000

Wise County IDA

CNRA Center of Excellence for UAS Operations

$ 50,000

Lincoln Memorial University

Appalachian Veterinary Project

$ 500,000

Southwest Virginia Community College

Certifications in Precision Machining

$ 100,000

Wytheville Community College

Wytheville Community College/Virginia Highlands Community College Marion Education Center

$ 68,304

Town of Cleveland

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Project

$ 362,791