AEP award helps RCBI diversify economy

December 21, 2017

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Southern West Virginia will benefit from a new award that will assist the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) in its efforts to expand the region’s aerospace industry.

Presented by the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation through its Economic Development Growth Enhancement (EDGE) program, the $13,000 grant will support RCBI’s efforts to research and study the potential of locating an aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul facility (MRO) in the Tri-state region of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

"This award is another significant step in RCBI’s efforts to help manufacturers and entrepreneurs in the Tri-state expand and diversify," said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO.

An MRO facility’s operations would assist aerospace businesses, diversify the region’s economy and develop new job opportunities for individuals in the area.

Southern West Virginia’s coal-impacted manufacturers already possess the capacity and capabilities they need to participate as valuable links in the supply chain, according to Weber.

By providing innovative tools, skills training and expertise that power advanced manufacturing, RCBI is delivering the resources necessary to diversify business opportunities to the aerospace sector and create jobs that strengthen our economy, Weber said.