On the Road

Old-Fashioned Town Hall

I was honored last Friday to host an Old-Fashioned Town Hall meeting at the West Virginia State Fair.  More than 100 people stopped by to discuss healthcare, Veterans issues, jobs and much more. I always enjoy hearing from my fellow Mountaineers and I appreciate everyone who came to join in the discussion. 

The State Fair is one of my favorite events of the entire year and, prior to the Town Hall, I had the opportunity to tour the fairgrounds, eating delicious food and visiting with my fellow West Virginians. I'm already looking forward to next year!


West Virginia Spotlight

NIOSH Mobile Black Lung Screening Unit

Recently one of my Regional Coordinators, Justin Ray, toured NIOSH's Mobile Black Lung Screening Unit. NIOSH offers mobile screening to coal miners at no cost in coal-mining states in the U.S.The screenings include a work history questionnaire, a chest radiograph, a respiratory assessment questionnaire, and spirometry testing. Blood pressure screening is also conducted. Typically, the process takes about 30 minutes.  Click here to learn more.


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When West Virginians compete, they win.

Below are a few grants that were recently awarded through several federal agencies: the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (USDA-RD) under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), and the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) under the Rare Earth Elements (REE) Program.  I encourage West Virginia communities to apply for federal funding opportunities, and will be happy to provide a letter of support for eligible applications.  For further information, please contact my Martinsburg office at 304-264-4626 or click here to email me.

  • Follansbee Volunteer Fire Company, FEMA AFG award for a new Pumper Firetruck - $428,572.00
  • West Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, FEMA AFG award for Operations and Safety - $52,381.00
  • Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., FEMA SAFER award for Recruitment - $62,300.00
  • T.L. Fruits and Vegetables, LLC, USDA-RD REAP award for energy efficient operations in their metal barn facility - $14,175.00
  •  Allegheny Dimension, LLC, USDA-RD REAP award for installation of energy efficient lighting at a commercial wood       manufacturing facility - $79,312.00
  • The Federal Group, USDA-RD REAP award for energy efficient upgrades at their commercial hotel and training center - $49.612.00
  • Big Timber Brewing Company, LLC, USDA-RD REAP award for installation of energy efficient windows and chiller at a commercial brewing company - $14,535.00
  • West Virginia University Research Corporation, USDOE REE award will use acid mine drainage solids as a feedstock for recovery of Rare Earth Elements and other useful materials.  The solids are from Northern Appalachian and Central Appalachian bituminous coal seams in West Virginia - $2,660,000.00


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