By Charles Young, WV News
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority has been awarded federal funding to seed a multi-state partnership to promote tourism, cultural assets and spark economic development throughout the Appalachian region.
The Appalachian Regional Commission has granted the NRGRDA $250,000 to fund the Planning for Outdoor Recreation Industry, Vibrant Economies & Regional Strategy project, said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin.
“Fortunately, we have decided to call it the Outdoor RIVERS project for short,” she said during a virtual press conference Tuesday.
RIVERS will be a collaborative partnership among officials and stakeholders in Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, Manchin said…