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Federal grant awarded to help coal communities redevelop


The first phase of a federal grant has been awarded to 60 groups, one of which,includes both Charleston and Huntington.
The U.S Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded $1 billion to 60 different finalists groups on Monday as part of their Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant program.
“When I say ‘we are one of (the finalists),’ it’s a coalition of folks and the two big players that are helping us coordinate this are Advantage Valley and Coalfield Development,” Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin said. “It’s basically taking properties, sites and manufacturing plants that would support older technology, older energy industries, but now with the opportunity that we have in front of us and winning this first phase, we’re now able to take that next step.”
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