USDA allocates $871 million to rural communities nationwide

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The Trump Administration announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is allocating $871 million to rural communities across America, including many communities in Virginia. The funds are expected to benefit 3.5 million residents nationwide. In a statement, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said, “Rural America needs safe, modern community …

Tourism in eastern panhandle to get boost from rural USDA energy efficiency community development funding

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (WDVM) — Some West Virginia tourist and lodging destinations in the eastern panhandle will benefit from rural energy conservation grants. The director of the federal program for these small business projects, Kris Warner, was in Shepherdstown Thursday to fund energy efficiency grids, solar and wind ventures and LED lighting systems. Warner says the …

City of Alexandria’s teen pregnancy rates consistently higher than Northern Va neighbors’

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WDVM) — The Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) celebrated its 20th anniversary on Thursday by releasing new pregnancy data by the Alexandria Health Department. The ACAP partners with city agencies like the Alexandria Health Department’s Teen Wellness Center and Alexandria City Public Schools to “help young people see the possibilities in their …