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Manchin: $80K study to look at Snowshoe district

SNOWSHOE — Federal funding is coming to the Snowshoe Resort Community District to assess the employment market available to the District.

Announced by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., the $80,000 will come from the Economic Development Administration, as part of its Assistance to Coal Communities program.

“The EDA continues to be a strong partner for West Virginia through their support for economic development projects across the state. (This) announcement is great news for the Snowshoe Resort Community District and their continued efforts to further develop sustainable tourism growth,” Manchin said.

The Assistance to Coal Communities program supports business development, economic growth and job creation through investing in coal communities across the country.

“Snowshoe is home to one of the best ski resorts on the East Coast, and this investment is a step in the right direction to boosting our growing outdoor recreation and tourism industries in Pocahontas County and the rest of the state,” Manchin said. “I look forward to seeing the results of this study for the Snowshoe community and the entire Mountain State.”

The study will examine the Snowshoe Resort Community District’s ability to enhance business growth, explore the elements required to empower business development, attract new companies, and offer permanent employment opportunities. Once completed, the project will help support job retention, create new opportunities and attract private investment to an area that has been impacted by the decline in the coal industry.

The Snowshoe Resort community is comprised of Snowshoe Mountain Resort, several commercial businesses and more than 2,000 residential properties located within the greater boundary of the Resort.

The Board’s mission is to develop and maintain public safety, fire protection, transportation services, roads maintenance and the maintenance of various common area amenities that serve to benefit community members, both through personal enjoyment and the enhancement and protection of property within the community.

Under the American Rescue Plan, EDA was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

EDA is making a Coal Communities Commitment, allocating $300 million of its $3 billion American Rescue Plan appropriation to ensure support for these communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and create new jobs and opportunities, including through the creation or expansion of a new industry sector. This commitment will be fulfilled through $100 million in Build Back Better Regional Challenge grants and $200 million in Economic Adjustment Assistance grants.

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