Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) met with more than 20 residents in Tucker County on Saturday to discuss the transfer of the Canaan Valley Institute facility (CVI).
CVI's facility is currently owned by NOAA and they're wanting to transfer ownership to the National Youth Science Education Foundation. Manchin joined in on a roundtable discussion to see what could be done to transfer the facility to the foundation.
CVI Executive Director Jennifer Newland said it wants the facilities to be utilized fully as a resource for the community and the region, and looks forward in working with the foundation. Manchin said there's value in a facility like this.
“We have to show NOAA that we can sustain it and can take care of it, and not only that we can take care of it that we show them what our vision is to grow it, and the support we get. Everyone can't just go to the government and say okay give me more money, give me more money, give me more money. We have to be able to show that we have value here that the private sector will buy into it, that you have a private public partnership where corporations will support it,” said Manchin.
NOAA had approached Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge about transferring the facility to them, but they have declined that offer.