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City of Bluefield awarded $2 million grant for business incubator

By Frances Peyton, WVVA Multimedia Journalist

City of Bluefield awarded 2 million grant for business incubator

A boost for economic development was announced on Thursday at the Commercialization Station in Bluefield, WV.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins teamed-up with local leaders to present a $2,040,000 grant to create an incubator for manufacturing companies.

"People just need a place to get started and we are creating that opportunity," says U.S. Rep Evan Jenkins.

Bluefield Economic Director Jim Spencer explains what this means for the community.

“It's almost like when a child is learning to ride a bicycle. Our incubator is just the same principle. To support small business tied to manufacturing and technology until they are ready to move out to their own facilities. So we want to grow jobs here,” says Spencer.

If you're a small business owner or someone with a great idea looking to get off the ground, visit the website mybluefield.org. Navigate to the business section, click on the tab that reads“Commercialization Station,” and fill out an application.
Joining leaders & neighbors in Bluefield to celebrate a $2M EDA grant for the Commercialization Center. pic.twitter.com/5uUvzwtRaC
— Rep. Evan Jenkins (@RepEvanJenkins) October 20, 2016

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