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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney announced over $2.8 Million in funding for West Virginia’s Second Congressional District distributed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). This grant awards the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, South Charleston, West Virginia, to develop and expand recreational mountain biking infrastructure in the state’s Eastern Panhandle.

This project will support completion of the bike trail system at Cacapon State Park, including trail design and construction, and development of bike facilities. This EDA grant will be matched with $700,000 in local funds, and is expected to help create 36 jobs, retain 46 jobs and generate $934,000 in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

As the Eastern Panhandle continues to expand in population, it is vitally important to maintain growth in all sectors of the local economy,” said Congressman Alex X. Mooney. “This grant will create new jobs and secure even more positions by advancing the expansion of tourism in our region. As a cyclist, I can say there is no better way to see the 2nd Congressional District than by taking to one of its beautiful trails. I look forward to greeting mountain bikers from near and far to the wonderful Cacapon State Park.”