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Economic Development Projects Selected for Grant Approval
March 19, 2019

Ten economic development projects have been selected for grant approval from the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Pilot program administered by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and funded by the Federal Power Plus Pilot Program. The projects are located on historic mining sites and include safety and environmental improvements to the Southwest Virginia communities where they are located.

Recommended projects include:

Wise County
Appalachian Homestead, a unique community offering property rights through community based sustainable farming, received a $1,600,000 grant.

City of Norton
Country Cabin II, a music venue along the Crooked Road, received a $47,420 grant.

Russell County
Dante Community Redevelopment, construction of a mountain bike and ATV trail, received a $269,000 grant.

Buchanan County
Ecotourism in Nature’s Wonderland, a scenic vista to view the elk and other wildlife, received a $2,254,750 grant.

Tazewell County
Pocahontas Exhibition Mine, enhancing the museum experience and creating a visitor tram stop for rides through the mine exhibit, received a $379,178 grant.

City of Norton
Project Intersection, an industrial site development aimed at attracting new manufacturing businesses, received a $1,782,685 grant.

Wise County
Solar Value, a large solar project providing renewable energy to an industrial park tenant, the Mineral Gap Data Center, received a $500,000 grant.

Dickenson County
Splashdam Waterline Extension, a public water expansion project to improve the quality of life for rural residents affected by historic mining, received a $356,500 grant.

Russell County
Project Reclaim, an industrial site development aimed at recruiting new business, received a $1,645,340 grant.

Wise County
Enhancing the Mountain View Trail System, improving the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail between St. Paul and Coeburn, received a $222,000 grant.

Virginia received grant dollars to develop AML sites through an amendment to the Federal Omnibus Funding Bill passed in May 2018. The amendment provided $10 million in funding for Virginia.

The projects must still undergo a review from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) prior to official award.

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