Griffith Announces Eleven Southwest Virginia Economic Development Projects to Receive Pilot Grants
Each project also includes the reclamation of an abandoned mine land
Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) announced today eleven economic development projects selected for grant approval from the AML Pilot program administered by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and funded by the Federal Power Plus Pilot Program. The projects are designed to boost the local economies of the coalfield region. Project sites are connected with historic mining activities and will deliver safety and environmental improvements to the Southwest Virginia communities where they are located.
“Reclaiming abandoned mine land is critical to economic development and job creation in Southwest Virginia,” said Griffith. “The federal AML Pilot program, which I championed in the U.S House of Representatives, offers a boost to our efforts in the coalfields to diversify the economy, support infrastructure upgrades, improve the environment and attract new opportunities. The projects benefiting from this round of funding highlight the value of abandoned mine land reclamation.”
Recommended projects include:
“We were glad to see so many creative and truly beneficial project applications submitted for the 2019 funding,” said DMME Director John Warren. “The goals of the projects selected meet the goal of our agency to continue to find opportunities for economic development on mined land and to improve the environment for those that live in the communities affected by historic mining.”
The projects must still undergo a review from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) prior to official award. This is third round of funding received by DMME. The agency worked with an advisory council to select the economic development projects.