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Manchin to present Martinsburg with $300,000 grant

September 05, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Gov. Joe Manchin is scheduled today to present two state Division of Highway (DOH) grants, including one for $300,000 to the City of Martinsburg to help with downtown revitalization efforts, officials said.

The award for the city is designated for the Martinsburg Town Square Plaza project, Mayor George Karos confirmed.

Karos said the city likely would apply for more money for the pedestrian-minded project, describing the money as "foundation-starting" for the work to be done.

"It's big news," said Karos, who confirmed the city previously had submitted an application for a DOH Transportation Enhancement and Recreation Trails grant, but was unsuccessful.

City officials are expected to provide a 20 percent match for the grant. A $31,350 award is expected to be presented for an access trail at Yankauer Nature Preserve, according to officials familiar with Manchin's visit.

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Manchin's grant presentations are scheduled for 6:15 p.m., before he is expected to give a speech at the regional Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. The dinner, a fundraiser for the Democratic Party's executive committees of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, will be at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.

Sources with the fundraiser confirmed Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to attend.

On Saturday, Manchin is expected to take part in the ribbon cutting for the new Charles Town Races & Slots hotel and be in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Morgan County Courthouse.

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