Manchin Declares $1.four Million from American Rescue Plan for Higher Kanawha Valley Out of doors Recreation



CHARLESTON, WV – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,401,541 from the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) travel, tourism and recreation program for the Upper Kanawha Valley Strategic Initiatives Council in Smithers, West Virginia. Funding was made possible by the American Rescue Plan and will support recreation improvements at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, renovations at Montgomery Marina, and construction of the River Cities Trail and Oakland Riverfront Park. The project is expected to create 53 jobs, save 28 jobs and generate $5.6 million in private investment.

“West Virginia continues to see the benefits of being critical American rescue plan Investments that drive economic development and create well-paying, long-term jobs,” said Senator Joe Manchin. “I am pleased that EDA is supporting these projects in the Upper Kanawha Valley to strengthen the local economy, expand and maintain outdoor recreation opportunities in New River Gorge National Park, and spur sustainable tourism growth. I look forward to seeing the positive impact of this funding in the years to come, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for resources to support economic growth throughout the Mountain State.”

The EDA travel, tourism and outdoor recreation program was made possible by the American rescue plan and helps accelerate the recovery of the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation industries through targeted local investments. The funding announced today will strengthen the resilience of the region’s tourism and hospitality industry, which will spur economic growth across the state.

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