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New opportunity fund created to take advantage of New River Gorge National Park momentum


​State Secretary of Tourism Chelsea Ruby says the state is in conversation with a developer that could take advantage of the momentum created by the recent designation of the New River Gorge in Fayette County as a national park. 

Ruby told state lawmakers a visit is scheduled for this week. 

“We actually have someone flying in who does run a large attraction in another state. We’re going to talk to them to say, ‘What would it take? What would you need? What type of sites are you looking for?'” 

Ruby talked about the visit to gain support for the creation of a $5 million New River Gorge Opportunity Fund. State lawmakers approved the allocation during last week’s special session. It’s part of the approximately $250 million Gov. Jim Justice asked for to be designated to certain agencies and projects. Lawmakers approved most of the governor’s requests. 

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