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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has been elected co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission by the governors of the 13 states that make up the ARC.
An initiative that's part of southwest Virginia's `Round the Mountain artisan network is receiving $815,000 in grant money to help promote economic development.
The Appalachian Regional Commission says a $100 billion transportation bill signed by President Barack Obama provides a significant federal commitment to complete a highway system in the Appalachia region.