Water-related Items in Virginia Governor’s Office News Releases for August 2015: Fort Monroe Deed Transfer; Loans for Tazewell County July 2015 Flood Damages; Community Development Block Grants; and Coalfield Economic Development Partnership for Increasing Mining-related Exports.

Following are titles and short excerpts from four Virginia Governor’s Office news releases in August 2015, which relate to water resources or to other natural resource uses (like land use) with significant potential to affect water.  To access the full text of any release, click on the release title.

Governor McAuliffe Signs Deed to Transfer Fort Monroe Land to National Park Service, 8/25/15.   Excerpt: “Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed a deed that transfers land at Fort Monroe from the Commonwealth of Virginia to the National Park Service, solidifying Virginia’s commitment to turning the fort into a national monument for the enjoyment of tourists and history-buffs from all over the Commonwealth and country. … The document formally and legally finalizes the transfer of land at Fort Monroe from the Commonwealth of Virginia to the National Park Service. … The land transfer preserves a group of significant landmarks at Fort Monroe that highlight some of our nation’s most important events. Robert E. Lee lived at the Fort and helped design and construct the stone fortification. Jefferson Davis was imprisoned in a Fort casemate. Harriet Tubman spent time at the Fort after the Civil War, and Edgar Allen Poe was stationed there as a young soldier. The Fort also tells the significant story of the beginning and the end of slavery in the United States. … The deed signing marks the culmination of years of hard work by state leaders, the City of Hampton, the National Park Service, the historic preservation community, the National Park Conservation Association, and the Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park. To learn more about Fort Monroe, visit http://www.nps.gov/fomr/index.htm.”

SBA Low-Interest Loans Available to Help Tazewell County Residents and Businesses Affected by July Floods, 8/20/15.   Excerpt: “…[T]he U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is making low-interest disaster loans available to homeowners, businesses, and private, non-profit organizations in Tazewell County to help them recover from severe flooding that occurred on July 5 [2015]. … Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to help repair their home to its pre-disaster condition. Personal property loans are also available for homeowners or renters with up to $40,000 to help repair or replace personal items, such as clothing, furniture, and automobiles. Businesses that suffered damage can receive loans up to $2 million to help repair or replace damaged property or provide working capital.”

Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $8.2 Million in Community Development Block Grants, 8/18/15.   Excerpt: Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced more than $8.2 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for 12 projects in Virginia. Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Virginia receives approximately $17 million annually for this grant program. … CDBG grants are awarded through a competitive process.  Most projects benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and many projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slums and blight conditions. During this year’s competitive cycle, 22 proposals were submitted by 21 localities, and 11 projects received the initial funding, with two projects receiving multi-year funding and one project receiving a letter of intent.” The three water-related 2015 award recipients and grant amounts are as follows:
Buchanan County, Hurley Regional Water Project Phase VI, $1,000,000; Dickenson County, Georges Fork Sewer Project, $1,000,000;
Wise County, Phase II Sewer Project for Roda, Osaka, and Stonega, $690,000.

Governor McAuliffe Announces Partnership with Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, 8/7/15.   Excerpt: “Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the Go Global with Coal & Energy Technology (GGCET) program, a collaboration of the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) as a result of the Governor’s 2014 Energy Plan. … The GGCET program assists coal and energy technology companies in the Virginia coalfield region in expanding their international business.”

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