On Tuesday, July 21, the NRGRDA was announced by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as a 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Program – Seed Fund Support grantee. The NRGRDA along with One Foundation will act as lead support sponsors for CRAN. “As a kid who grew up in Ansted WV, graduated from WVU and has lived in Elkins and Daniels, I couldn’t be more excited to play a role in helping the NRGDA and the Hive bring much needed startup and seed fund dollars to the fast growing entrepreneurial community forming throughout WV” CRAN Chairman Kevin Combs remarked. “I’m looking forward to working with the growing entrepreneurial infrastructure throughout the state along with current, former, and future West Virginians to make WV a place where entrepreneurs can thrive.“ Learn more about this partnership.
Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Congresswoman Miller (R-WV) also released statements about the recent EDA funding, and their excitement around CRAN’s great potential for West Virginia’s economy.