- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the West Virginia National Guard will locate some operations at a development being formed out of a reclaimed coal mine in southern West Virginia.

Tomblin said Thursday the former Hobet surface mine site in Boone and Lincoln counties will be renamed Rock Creek Development Park.

Tomblin says an Appalachian Regional Commission grant will enable work to move forward on a master plan for the 12,000-acre site for industrial, commercial and residential development.

The governor says the National Guard will expand training of existing units on property adjacent to the site. The Guard also will expand programs for vehicle and tire maintenance and use the site for a project involving apple trees and greenhouses.

Tomblin highlighted the project in his January State-of-the-State speech.

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