- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Nelson County is getting a $200,000 grant to help increase broadband availability.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the grant will allow the county to construct about eight miles of fiber along the Route 151 corridor.

The project will improve connectivity to businesses and is slated to create 20 jobs for several of the county’s largest employers.

McAuliffe says providing high-speed, affordable telecommunications is a vital part of rural economic restructuring as work is being done to build a new Virginia economy.

The money comes from the federally-funded Community Development Block Grant program administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

Virginia receives up to $17 million annually for the program aimed at improving communities.

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