Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) co-chair Tim Thomas and I traveled across the Mountain State Friday to learn about the great things POWER Grant recipients are doing to improve lives in West Virginia and diversify our economy.

Watch here for more information or read the featured Op-Ed, Arc Vital to West Virginia's Future, by Senator Joe Manchin, about how the ARC is vital to West Virginia's future.



The Elk City district on Charleston’s West Side is an example of the great things that can happen when we reinvest in our communities. I'm so glad ARC co-chair Tim Thomas got to see this up-and-coming community in our capital city.




WV has a thriving technology sector, and I’m glad ARC co-chair Tim Thomas could join me at N3 in South Charleston to learn more about how WV is diversifying its economy with good-paying tech jobs.




I am grateful for the incredible crowd of recent and prospective ARC POWER Grant recipients in South Charleston where ARC co-chair Tim Thomas and I spoke about funding opportunities for WV. West Virginians have great ideas and ARC is helping them get off the ground.



I had a wonderful time visiting South Charleston Middle School where I was able to drop off some school supplies and talk about youth homelessness, a crisis that must be addressed in our home state.




I had the opportunity to Skype with students from Scott High School last week. Thank you for your great questions and for sharing your thoughts and concerns with me.



Thank you to the nearly 200 employers and countless job seekers who turned out for my 48th job fair. Beckley is such a special community and I'm proud to see such a great turnout from our business leaders and job seekers.



Roane General Hospital has a legacy of excellence within our great state and the recent groundbreaking for the upcoming renovations is the beginning of a bright new chapter.




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Ms. Brenda Welch contacted Senator Manchin for assistance in obtaining her late father’s World War II replacement medals.  As a result of Caseworker Sylvia Asbury's inquiry, three medals have been delivered to the Charleston office to be presented to her: the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Gold Star Lapel Button.



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Drought Impact in West Virginia

Over the past few months, West Virginia has been experiencing unseasonal drought. In order to keep the most current information available from the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM), you can submit what you’re seeing in your local area to the inform USDM authors at droughtmonitor@unl.edu and through the Drought Impact Reporter at DIRinfo@unl.edu. The USDM is used by multiple agencies to determine eligibility for relief funding and access to other resources in times of drought. 

SBA Invites America’s Small Businesses to Share Their Story
Call for 2020 National and District Small Business Week Nominations Now Open

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National and District Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has celebrated the inspiring achievements of America’s small businesses and the countless contributions they make to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

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Economic Injury Disaster Loan Availability Announcement 

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties in West Virginia as a result of excessive rain and flooding from Jan. 1 through Aug. 20, 2019.

Learn more here. 

Social Security Phone Scam - Learn How to Protect Yourself

Social Security employees do occasionally contact people--generally those who have ongoing business with the agency--by telephone for business purposes. However, Social Security employees will never threaten a person or promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information. In those cases, the call is fraudulent and people should not engage with the caller. If a person receives these calls, he or she should report the information to the OIG Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

To watch a PSA about the scam, click here or visit www.ssa.gov for more information.

Social Security has recently worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to create a new fraud prevention placemat to help you avoid Social Security scams. You can order free copies of the placemat to use at dining venues, or to share with friends and family. The placemat is in English on one side and Spanish on the other side.


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