CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recommended Tuesday that the Appalachian Regional Commission award the state $4.7 million for eight projects, including waterline extension and educational programs.
"This is significant because, as we know, federal resources are becoming scarce," Tomblin said during a news conference at the Capitol.
Congress set up the Appalachian Regional Commission in 1965 to help develop the Appalachian region, which includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states.
The organization offers funding for projects intended to create jobs for people in Appalachia or build infrastructure to make the region more competitive and less isolated, according to the ARC's website.
The top recommended award of $1.5 million Tuesday went to the Eastern Wyoming Public Service District for the first phase of its Barkers Ridge/Basin Water Extension project, which would bring water service to 130 customers.
Similarly, the governor recommended the Lincoln County Public Service District receive $1 million for waterline extension. The money, coupled with other grants, will help the county complete a $6.9 million project to bring water to between 500 and 600 households, said Bruce Tulley, a public service district board member.
Sen. Ron Stollings, D-Boone, said he was "gushing" with excitement Tuesday.
The homes -- located in Alkol, Bulger, Spurlockville and Mud River Valley -- are well kept and not far from town but, "in 2012, they still don't have city water," Stollings said.