Water, sewer, tourism projects in SW Virginia receive ARC grants

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A total of ten projects across Southwest Virginia will be receiving funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission that foster economic development and address quality of life issues in the region.

The $2.5 million allocation to be divided among those plans, announced Monday by Virginia senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, will support needed improvements to critical infrastructure and create jobs for communities in several counties.

Those projects include:

Phase II of the Frog Level water project in Lee County - $500,000 Sewer service to 48 households in the Tacoma community of Wise County - $500,000 Expansion to allow full-time artisans and studio space at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon - $500,000 New pump stations for three locations that provide more than 550 households with water in Dickenson County - $441,740 Improvement funding for the historic Lyric Theater in the town of St. Paul for a multi-purpose center for performances, conferences and other events - $300,000 A program to help new and existing child day care in a 13-county region with oversight by the United Way of Southwest Virginia - $99,933 Funding for a new study for expansion of the ATV Spearhead Trail system - $92,300 Computer equipment, Wi-Fi access and other advances at two community centers located in Jonesville and Pennington Gap - $7,500 A program called 'Project Discovery' that will assist People Inc. expand academic advancement and college attendance initiatives for deserving students - $75,844