WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The town of White Sulphur Springs is getting a federal grant of $1.5 million to upgrade and improve water infrastructure.

The U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Shelley Moore Capito making announcements Monday morning about the project that is expected to create 82 jobs, retain 20 jobs and spur $35.1 million in private investment.

“This grant goes to help a project that does so much more than create jobs,” Capito said in a release. “This grant helps provide a future for Greenbrier County. The EDA couldn’t have picked a more worthy recipient. I can’t wait to see the lives changed through this huge project to rebuild White Sulphur Springs and provide economic stability for years to come.”

This investment will help construct a water line to assist with the development of two facilities; a barrel manufacturing plant and a related lumber mill and the project will support the local tourism industry by providing the Greenbrier State Forest with a potable water source, per release.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross also released a statement.

“The Trump Administration is revitalizing American manufacturing and is bringing Made in America back. Following visits by both myself and President Donald J. Trump to White Sulphur Springs, these grants will help build the manufacturing industry and create new jobs.”

This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Region IV Economic Development District, Capito’s release said.

The release said the project is funded under the Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC) program, through which EDA will award funds on a competitive basis to assist communities severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development, and re-employment opportunities.

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