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Commissioners approve $1.1 million in funding

Updated: Friday, July 25 2014, 05:18 PM EDT


Hancock County commissioners had some good news for the community during their Thursday meeting with the approval of $1.1 million for special projects.

A total of $700,000 went to Hancock County’s 3 cities – Weirton, New Cumberland and Chester.

The rest of the money went to a variety of groups – seven volunteer fire departments, the United Way, Greater Weirton Senior Center, the Weirton Transit Corp., the Hancock County Health Department and others.

“Well there were a couple new organizations. We gave money to the Marland Heights Community Organization and there’s a health organization in Chester-Newell in feeding the homeless so they’ll be excited about that,” Hancock County Commissioner Dan Greathouse said.

The Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle is another group on the special project fund list, receiving $30,000.

BDC Executive Director Pat Ford said those funds have been used in a variety of ways to help improve the county’s economy.

He said over the past five years, commissioners have participated in the creation of 86 jobs, over $2 million of annual payroll and leveraged almost $83 million of public and private investments.

“So we are really excited about the investment that they make not only in the BDC but the economic development in Hancock County,” Ford said.

Greathouse said all of the groups and organizations are important to the community.

Ford is one of the many people that are appreciative.

“There’s probably not one segment that the Hancock County Commission has not touched and added value to and we’re actually very blessed to have a group of commissioners like that,” Ford said.

Greathouse said most of the funding comes from the county’s share of video lottery money.

Now commissioners will quickly move onto to their next project list.

“That comes from our 2 percent from the race track so we bring that in and then next we will do the elected officials special project list, which could be police cars, could be computers, anything like that,” Greathouse said.

He said that they’ll be working on the elected officials’ special project list for a few months.

Commissioners approve $1.1 million in funding

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