WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.9 million grant to the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority in Pineville, West Virginia. The funding will be used to construct three buildings needed to support manufacturing in the Barkers Creek Industrial Park.
This project will support a new industry in carbon products manufacturing, creating jobs while diversifying the local economy. Additionally, this EDA grant will be matched with $975,000 in state and local funds, and is expected to help create 59 jobs and generate $85 million in private investment.
“When I visited Pineville in April and met with the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority, support for the Barkers Creek Industrial Park was one of the main topics of discussion,” Ranking Member Capito said. “Wyoming County is one of the most beautiful regions of our state, but they too often face economic hardship. That is why I am focused on working to connect the area with the critical infrastructure needed to spur economic development and build a foundation for manufacturing. This announcement today is another step in the right direction, and will help move Wyoming County towards future development and success.”
“The EDA continues to be a strong partner for West Virginia through critical investments in our communities that spur economic development and create good-paying, long-term jobs. Expanding the carbon products industry in Wyoming County will strengthen local economic resilience and attract new business opportunities to the entire region, which is why I requested this funding through the Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations process,” Senator Manchin said. “I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this investment for years to come and I will continue working with the EDA to support economic growth across the Mountain State.”