Out of nearly $3.3 million in grant requests for local projects submitted to the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the VTC staff has only recommended $27,800 for one tourism partnership between localities in Virginia and North Carolina.
The Blue Ridge Crossroad Economic Development Authority — a regional effort by Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties — had requested tobacco commission money for the regional tourism effort, a project referred to as the Blue Ridge Energy Research Center and a sewer treatment package plant at Exit 19 off Interstate 77 in Carroll.
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