Appalachian Regional Commission Awards $500,000 for Projects in Virginia Coalfields
The Appalachian Regional Commission today approved two grants for projects in the Virginia coalfields totaling $500,000. The Southwest Regional Recreation Authority of Virginia received $300,000 for the Catalyst for Growth in Developing the Tourism Economy of the Coalfields project. The Town of St. Paul received $200,000 for Phase 2 of the historic Lyric Theater renovation.
Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement:
“These projects funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission will create jobs, attract visitors, and grow the economy in the coalfields. They are significant investments in the future of our region.”
The Catalyst for Growth in Developing the Tourism Economy of the Coalfields project is located in the Counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise. It will contribute to the maintenance and expansion of the trail system for hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, and motorized uses. Four new full-time jobs will be created, and 46,000 day visitors and 39,000 overnight visitors are expected for the region.
Phase 2 of the Lyric Theater renovation in St. Paul includes renovating the lobby, constructing new bathrooms, installing new ceilings and lighting, repairs to the stage floor, constructing a shopping area, and replacing the electrical, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems.