Posted: Nov 30, 2016

Governor Presents Transportation Alternatives Grant to City of Glenville

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced grant awards to fund 54 community and infrastructure projects across the state.

The Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Grant programs will provide more than $7 million for a variety of improvements.

“Improvements like those supported by the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails programs are investments that build a better and brighter future of West Virginia,” said Tomblin. “Today’s grant funding will allow us to build and repair infrastructure across the state-making our communities better places to live and work.”

Funding is provided by the Federal Highway Administration. The West Virginia Division of Highways administers the programs.

Posted: Nov 28, 2016

Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors

Region VII Planning & Development Council would like to thank all of our generous sponsors who support our region year-round and who graciously sponsored the 2016 Annual Christmas Celebration held at Stonewall Resort. This annual celebration would not be possible if it was not for the ongoing support of our sponsors and partners. We are extremely grateful for their help in making this celebration possible!

Please join us in thanking the following organizations:

Thrasher is the Mid-Atlantic regions premier engineering, architecture, survey, construction management, environmental and site development firm.

Posted: Oct 27, 2016

Randolph County Development Authority Receives Second POWER Award

Coalfield communities in West Virginia and around the country received millions of dollars on Wednesday, as part of the second round of grants under President Barack Obama’s POWER Initiative. The program is designed to help communities that are hard-hit by the decline of the coal industry.

Posted: Oct 26, 2016

EVENT: Friday, November 4 — Lewis County Housing Summit

To:      West Virginia Home Builders
            West Virginia Developers
            West Virginia Realtors

From:  Mike Herron, Executive Director
             Lewis County Economic Development Authority

Re:      Housing Summit November 4th
            Stonewall Resort State Park

Date:   November 4, 2016
             10 a.m. to 12 Noon


Posted: Sep 13, 2016

Economic Development Administration Awards Region VII with Planning Grant

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide $70,000 to the Region 4 Planning and Development Council and $70,000 to the Region VII Planning and Development Council. This funding will be used to establish an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation in the region. The Region 4 Planning and Development Council are comprised of Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, and Webster counties. The Region VII Planning and Development Council are comprised of Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Tucker, and Upshur counties.

Posted: Sep 12, 2016

Governor Tomblin Presents Barbour County Commission with VOCA, Community Justice Program Funds

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today presented more than $9.3 million in grant funding to community support groups and justice programs across the state. This funding will be used to develop new programming and enhance existing initiatives to support West Virginia’s communities and state justice system.

 “With this needed funding, community programs from all corners of our state will be better equipped to serve children and families and further strengthen West Virginia’s justice system.” Gov. Tomblin said. “We are expanding direct services to victims of crime, putting programs in place to help at-risk youth get back on track and preparing parents with the life skills they need to foster a healthy, nurturing environment to raise their families.”

Posted: Aug 24, 2016

Upshur and Randolph County Economic Development Authorities Receive POWER Funds for Economic and Workforce Development Initiatives

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined representatives of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to announce the first round of federal Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grants, which total over $16 million for West Virginia, or more than 40 percent of the federal money, and will support thirteen economic development projects across the state—two of which are located in the Region VII PDC district.

With the help of Region VII’s services, the following two projects are slated to receive over $4,000,000:  

Posted: Mar 10, 2016

Governor Tomblin Presents Lewis County Commission with Small Cities Block Grant



This $3.6 million project will enable the Lewis County Commission to extend water service to 96 households in the Churchville and Sugar Camp area, including Laurel Run, Mare Run, Limestone Run and Murphy Creek areas in the Northwest Lewis Water Extension. This area is currently served by individual wells, many of which have low quantity and quality.

Congratulations to Agnes Queen and Lewis County Commission. 

Posted: Mar 10, 2016

Governor Tomblin Presents 13 Communities with Small Cities Block Grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 8, 2016) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today presented more than $12 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 13 critical infrastructure projects to support communities across West Virginia. In total, more than $44 million in other federal, state and local funding will support these projects for more than 17,000 West Virginia households, improving infrastructure reliability statewide.