- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) - About $2.1 million in Appalachian Regional Commission funds are going to eight projects in southwest Virginia.

The grants include $500,000 for a community solar project and learning center, $100,000 for a precision machining project at Southwest Virginia Community College, $500,000 for a redevelopment project in Big Stone Gap and $50,000 for an entrepreneurship program at U.Va.-Wise, among other projects.

The Appalachian Regional Commission was created to assist the region achieve economic progress. The grants are intended to support the goal of building a strong and sustainable economy.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the commission grants Monday in Lexington.

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