ARC grant funds projects throughout the region

Projects in Big Stone Gap, at Mountain Empire Community College and in Duffield are among those receiving grants from a nearly $3.37 million pool of Appalachian Regional Commission funds. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced funding decisions involving the federal commission’s Virginia grants in a press release yesterday afternoon. • Big Stone Gap visitors center, $85,931.

• MECC healthcare simulation access project, $100,000.

• Duffield branch, Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, $142,937.

• The Crooked Road heritage music trail, $250,000 to expand the brand.

Other grants will go to a Lee County water line project, a Bristol passenger rail study, a Blue Ridge medicinal plant center, a Henry County train depot project, a “wired road” connector project in Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties, a Damascus waterfront development plan, Barter Theater production capacity expansion, a New River Valley food center and state Department of Housing and Community Development planning grants.

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