In Ripley, Capito Highlights Broadband Expansion and Federal Funding for Sanitation Improvements


RIPLEY, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) made multiple stops in Jackson County today to discuss broadband expansion, announce key federal funding she has secured for the system Ripley Sanitation and meet with local leaders.

“Today’s visits to Ripley highlighted two of the basic needs of the community, which are a safe and functioning water and sanitation system, and reliable internet access for students, businesses and the elderly, said Senator Capito. “Fortunately, it also highlighted the tremendous efforts underway to achieve our shared goals and improve both of these fronts for the residents of Jackson County and surrounding areas. I have fought to ensure that West Virginia receives sufficient funding to the rollout of broadband in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, and I was proud to secure $3 million in direct funding for ongoing upgrades to the city’s water system. I look forward to continuing our working with local leaders and employers to support these projects that are so essential to the future of this community.

“It was a great day in our city to welcome Senator Capito,” said Ripley Mayor Carolyn Rader. “Thanks to the efforts of Senator Capito and Senator Manchin, we are confident that our project can be realized. We are planning other sources of funding to make this a reality. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our wonderful town, Ripley!”

First, Senator Capito met with the Roane-Jackson Development Authority to discuss their latest efforts to roll out fast and reliable internet access to seven counties through the state’s GigReady program. Senator Capito also highlighted the benefits of Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act she helped create hundreds of millions of dollars for the state for broadband expansion, as well as the stories she heard from area voters about their broadband experiences through her Capito initiative Connect Share Your Stories.

Senator Capito then took the floor at Ripley Town Hall to announce the $3 million in congressional-directed spending she secured through the Senate Appropriations Committee to modernize the systems of wastewater and city sewer. In total, Senator Capito secured $241,135,000 in direct spending measures across West Virginia through the omnibus appropriations package for fiscal year 2022.

Photos from today’s tour included below:

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) participates in a roundtable with public and private sector leaders on broadband expansion in Ripley, W.Va. on Monday, April 18, 2022.

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) discusses the funding she secured for the Wastewater and Sewage Systems Project Update in Ripley, W.Va. on Monday, April 18, 2022.

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