West Virginia Week in Review - August 12, 2023


West Virginia Week in Review
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Gov. Justice signs bill officially designating Summersville Lake State Park
Gov. Jim Justice today signed HB 124 officially designating the state’s 36th state park, Summersville Lake State Park. The Governor was joined for the celebration by hundreds of excited West Virginians on the site of the future park, just off US-19 in Nicholas County.

The 177-acre property on the northern shore of Summersville Lake will soon be transformed into one of the nation’s premiere outdoor adventure parks. Some outdoor recreational opportunities were opened to the public immediately following the ceremony.
“I couldn’t be more proud to sign this bill and officially designate our newest State Park,” Gov. Justice said. “Summersville Lake is an iconic place in our beautiful state filled with a lot of special memories that span generations of families. Now, all those who travel to Summersville Lake will be treated to the greatest outdoor adventure park in the country on the shores of our state's largest lake. 

“The opportunity to add another State Park is a testament to the major impact that our investments in tourism and in our parks is having in West Virginia. I thank the Legislature for agreeing with me and supporting these investments, and I thank all those that work hard every day to operate our parks and market our state to the world. I can’t wait to see people from far and wide enjoying Summersville Lake State Park very soon.”
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Gov. Justice delivers thoughts on end of latest Special Session

After Gov. Justice called a Special Session earlier this week, both the House and Senate adjourned, having passed 33 pieces of legislation, many of which are currently awaiting the Governor's signature.

Governor Justice shared his thoughts on some of the finalized legislation, which included the following:

  • Increased salaries for our Correctional Officers.
  • Clarified personal property tax cut.
  • $150 million for highway maintenance and equipment.
  • $12 million to provide much-needed funding to local fire departments. (This is in addition to the previously appropriated $10 million for EMS providers.)
  • $4 million to the West Virginia Division of Forestry for wildfire firefighting equipment.
  • $45 million to Marshall University for expanding their cybersecurity program, as they are on track to become a national leader in cybersecurity.
  • $25 million to construct a new instructional facility and hangar for Pierpont's aviation program.
  • $3 million to the WV National Guard for the Mountaineer Challenge Academy and other related initiatives.
  • $1 million to the WV State Police for Academy upgrades.
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Gov. Justice announces new Breeze flight from Charleston to Tampa starting soon
Starting in October, West Virginia International Yeager Airport is set to introduce a new flight from Charleston to Tampa, Florida, via Breeze Airways.

This news results from West Virginia's strategic partnership to establish convenient and direct air connectivity between Charleston and at least five different cities within the upcoming two years.

Currently, there are nonstop flights to Orlando and Charleston, South Carolina, with plans to expand to additional destinations within the next 24 months.
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Also this week:

VA extends deadline Through Monday for Veterans and survivors to apply for PACT Act benefits backdated to August 10, 2022

This West Virginia lookout tower has a cult following, here's how to stay there for free

Gov. Justice announces Hunting and Fishing Days Celebration is back Sept. 9-10 at Summit Bechtel Reserve

WVDEP's REAP awards over $52,000 in litter control grants

Contact Information

Jordan Damron, jordan.l.damron@wv.gov; CJ Harvey, cj.harvey@wv.gov


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