Gov. Justice announces federal block grant award for broadband boost in Nicholas County

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. —  Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday West Virginia has secured $500,000 in federal grant funding to improve broadband and high-speed internet connectivity in Nicholas County.

The governor presented the grant to members of the Nicholas County Commission during a ceremony in Summersville.

“This kind of technology is just so incredibly important, not only for bettering our economy but also for bettering our image,” he said. “For too long we’ve lagged behind the rest of the world in technology, but I’m fully committed to changing that. We’re going to be leaders here in West Virginia.”

The funds, which will be used in the communities of Hinkle Mountain and Little Laurel near Richwood, are part of $13.1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant dollars that have been dedicated for various broadband and infrastructure projects throughout West Virginia this year by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Gov. Justice recently announced the awarding of federal grant funding for upgrades to water and sewer systems in Wyoming, McDowell, and Fayette Counties.