| Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said the governor is requesting a $1 million supplemental appropriation for the Division of Natural Resources to help operate a State Parks system hard hit by two major storms, and by scaled-back operations at Canaan Valley Resort.
"This supplemental request is very time-sensitive," said Burdette, noting that the parks system was hard-hit by the derecho in June, and by the aftermath of superstorm Sandy in October.
Additionally, Canaan Valley has been operating at about half its normal capacity during construction of a new $24 million lodge for the ski resort, he said.
| He said the state Development Office should save about $100,000 a year by using transitional office space for the one-person European trade office, rather than renting office space in Munich, Germany.
"People typically do not come to see us in these offices. We go out to see them," he said. The Development Office also has an Asian trade office in Nagoya, Japan.
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