U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) recently announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide $70,000 to the Region 4 Planning and Development Council to invest in job creation and economic development in the region. The Region 4 Planning and Development Council consists of Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster counties.\r\n\u201cIt is critical that our public and private sectors work together to help boost our economy and improve the economic success in regions across West Virginia,\u201d Manchin said. \u201cThese funds will help us coordinate our resources more efficiently and provide the regional development and planning council with the support they need to overcome tough challenges, boost economic development and put hardworking West Virginians back to work.\u201d\r\n\u201cInfrastructure development is critical to economic and job growth in our state. This investment will help improve infrastructure, diversify the local economy and foster collaboration between the public and private sectors,\u201d said Capito. \u201cThis funding is encouraging news for the Region 4 Planning and Development Council, as well as West Virginia\u2019s families and businesses.\u201d\r\nEDA funding supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.