Highland County Receives State Grant for Restoration Work at The Highland Inn

According to a press release from the Office of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, Highland County has been awarded a grant of $341,586 to help with restoration of The Highland Inn in Monterey.

Highland County was one of four Virginia communities to receive grants from the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund.  A total of over one million dollars was awarded.  Highland County received the largest award of the four locations.

Governor Glenn Youngkin said, “We are doubling down on investments in sites to enhance the Commonwealth’s sites inventory, and the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund enables localities to redevelop and improve properties in need of remediation so they can be considered for future economic development opportunities.  Each step towards increasing our sites portfolio helps Virginia compete to win, and we are proud to support rural development in Accomack-Northampton County, Chase City, Gloucester County, and Highland County with these grants.”

The Site Remediation Grants are used to restore and redevelop sites and address environmental problems to their reuse, in order to attract new economic development prospects.  Brownfields are properties in which redevelopment is complicated by the presence of hazardous materials, pollution, or contaminants. The Site Remediation Grants will cover efforts that include remediation of a contaminated property to remove hazardous substances, demolition and removal of existing structures, and other site work necessary to make a site or a property usable for new economic development.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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