West Virginia Week in Review - May 7, 2022

5/7/2022

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Gov. Justice announces BIGGEST SINGLE-MONTH REVENUE SURPLUS OF ALL-TIME
Gov. Justice announced Tuesday that West Virginia’s General Revenue collections for April 2022 came in at $253 million over estimate, the all-time state record surplus for any single month in West Virginia history.

April 2022 collections of $791.5 million were a whopping 46.6% ahead of prior year receipts. Ten months through Fiscal Year 2022, year-to-date collections of more than $4.758 billion are $993 million above the YTD estimate; breaking the all-time state record for total surplus through the month of April.
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Gov. Justice celebrates completion of over $8 million in upgrades at Pipestem Resort State Park
On Wednesday, Gov. Justice joined West Virginia Department of Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Brett McMillion, West Virginia State Parks leaders and other local officials at Pipestem Resort State Park for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of over $8 million in upgrades at the park. 

Upgrades at Pipestem include nearly $4.4 million in renovations to the park’s two lodges, cabin upgrades, and more than $3.6 million in infrastructure improvements to the park’s tram, wastewater treatment plant, and campground waterline.
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Gov. Justice, Congressman McKinley announce nanocrystalline metals company Veloxint moving to Ohio County, WV; expected to create 200-300 new jobs
Gov.  Justice joined U.S. Representative David B. McKinley, P.E., and other officials Thursday for a ceremony to announce that Veloxint, a manufacturer of nanocrystalline metal alloys, is moving to Touchstone Research Laboratory Ltd. in Triadelphia, West Virginia. Veloxint expects to create 200-300 new jobs over the next four years at its new location. Positions will include research engineers, laboratory technicians, metallurgists, and machinists.
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Over 6,400 West Virginians have received their first vaccine dose within the past month
During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Justice and West Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force on Director Jim Hoyer announced that 6,481 West Virginians opted to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine just within the past month.

“It’s never too late to make a decision that could save your life,” Gov. Justice said. “Out of these thousands of people, who knows how many lives we might save. It could be one. It could be 60. But what we do know is that every life is worth saving.”
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Gov. Justice pledges State of West Virginia’s full support for proposed Harmony Grove I-79 Interchange project near Morgantown
Gov. Justice announced Friday that he is pledging the State of West Virginia’s full support for a proposed project to construct a new interchange off of Interstate 79 in the Harmony Grove area near Morgantown. The interchange would serve the new Morgantown Industrial Park and other businesses and homes in the Harmony Grove area of Monongalia County, just south of Westover.
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Gov. Justice: WorkForce West Virginia and WV Community and Technical College System partnering with Chemours to help workers earn degree
On Thursday, Gov. Justice announced a new collaborative initiative between WorkForce West Virginia, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WV CTCS) and Chemours; a chemical company with locations in the state. The partnership will provide the opportunity for more than 300 West Virginia Chemours employees to earn their associate degree by fall 2025.
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Gov. Justice declares State of Preparedness for all 55 counties ahead of potential flooding
Gov. Justice declared a State of Preparedness Friday for all 55 counties throughout West Virginia due to the threat of flooding this weekend. The main threat will be possible isolated flash flooding due to heavy downpours or steady rain, with storms forecast for much of the state today and throughout the weekend.
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West Virginia small business owner wins 2022 National Small Business Person of the Year Award for the first time in state history
A West Virginia small business owner and educator who started a learning center to provide behavioral treatment for children with autism was named the country’s small business person of the year on Thursday by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Jill Scarbro-McLaury, who owns Bright Futures Learning Services in Winfield, received the prestigious award during a virtual ceremony celebrating National Small Business Week. Scarbro-McLaury, who is the first person in West Virginia to receive the National Small Business Person of the Year Award, will be invited to the White House for an honorary event with SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman.
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West Virginia recognizes Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week
Gov. Justice proclaimed May 1-7, 2022, as Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week in West Virginia.  The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health and its partners recognized Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week at events occurring statewide and by promoting behavioral health resources available to children and families. 
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Also this week:

DHHR Announces Emergency Energy Assistance Program for Low Income Residents


WVDEP hosting seven free tire collection events in May

DHHR Announces New WIC Income Guidelines

West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program Reminds Drivers to “Move Over” to Protect Law Enforcement

WVDOH requesting public comments on STIP amendments

Law enforcement to target speeders on I-64 the week of Monday, May 9, 2022
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Jordan Damron, jordan.l.damron@wv.gov

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Office of the Governor
State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25305

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304.558.2000 or 1.888.438.2731

Governor's Mansion:
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