CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia will receive $150,000 in federal grant funding for improving broadband and high-speed internet services in Mercer County.

The funding is part of the Community Development Block Grant, in which $13.1 million is dedicated to the state for broadband and infrastructure projects.

“At the end of the day, you’ve got to have high-speed connectivity to draw manufacturing and any type of business to West Virginia, you’ve got to have it,” Gov. Jim Justice said Friday. “We are way behind in where we should be in high-speed connectivity and we’ve got to get there. I am absolutely committed beyond belief to try any and every way we can.”

The funding will go toward improving connectivity at the Cumberland Industrial Park in Bluefield, allowing businesses to work at a higher capacity.