- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is handing out $150,000 to help revitalize historic downtown neighborhoods.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the grants through the Virginia Main Street Program on Tuesday.

The governor says a total of $112,500 is being awarded to Main Street organizations in Bedford, Bristol, Culpeper, Luray, Marion and Staunton. The money will go toward programs and strategies designed to boost private investment.

Meanwhile, organizations in Altavista, Blackstone, Hopewell and St. Paul will receive a total of $37,500 in grants to help owners find a purpose for unused buildings.

McAuliffe says the grants will “provide a needed boost” to communities across the state.

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