The Charleston Area Alliance was presented with a $2 million check from Governor Jim Justice to support the development of the Learning, Innovation, Food & Technology Center (LIFT Center) on the East End of Charleston. The LIFT Center is one of eight component projects of the ACT Now Coalition, which was a Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant recipient of $62.8 million.
Located on the current site of Kanawha Manufacturing, situated on 9.7 acres in Charleston, the LIFT Center will reuse existing manufacturing space by rehabbing it and converting it to a 55,000 sq. ft. facility for the development of alternative/renewable energy, workforce training, and a commercial food hub.
“The Governor’s generous contribution not only provides the necessary match dollars that make the construction of the LIFT Center possible, it also demonstrates a commitment to cultivating innovative technologies and new industries in West Virginia,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance. “As the lead entity for the ACT Now Coalition on the LIFT Center, we extend a sincere thank you to the Governor for his support of this project and the 21 counties of southern West Virginia represented by ACT Now.”