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American Public University joins Charles Town, Ranson WV officials to celebrate revitalization projects

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On Dec. 2, American Public University System joined Charles Town and Ranson officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of $100 million in community revitalization projects. 

APUS President & CEO Wallace E. Boston, Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith and Ranson Mayor David Hamill hosted Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and several other government and business leaders for the event, which previewed master development plans for the following:

  • A new APUS technology and multi-purpose center
  • A $10 million improvement of North George Street in Charles Town and Fairfax Boulevard in Ranson into a "green corridor" roadway
  • A $16 million mixed-use retail, commercial and residential Town Center at Powhatan Place in Ranson.  
  • The $14 million Frank Entertainment CineBowl retail entertainment complex in Ranson.
  • A $4 million restoration of historic Charles Washington Hall into a public food market, café, visitors center, and arts and cultural space in Charles Town. 

The cities of Charles Town and Ranson have worked with several public and private sector partners to bring these community revitalization projects to fruition.  To date, APUS has invested nearly $55 million in local, environmentally-friendly construction and renovation projects in the two communities, including its year-old Administrative Center, site of the event.

"This event is the launch of major economic development and jobs creation success for our community, and we are grateful to all our partners for their support," said Mayor Smith.

"These projects demonstrate that small towns can dream big and accomplish big things by working with partners on sustainable community revitalization," said Mayor Hamill.

The State of West Virginia has collaborated with APUS, supported a package of HUD financing at the Powhatan Place redevelopment and given grant funding and project management for the Green Corridor roadway project. 

Other dignitaries attending the event included WV Secretary of Transportation Paul Maddox; U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Jane Vincent; HUD Director of Sustainable Housing and Communities Salin Geevarghese; U.S. Dept. of Transportation Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Shoshana Lew; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus; EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin; the state senators and delegates representing Jefferson County; and other private sector leaders investing in the community. 

In addition to its Administrative Center that opened in Fall 2012, and which straddles Charles Town and Ranson, APUS's other construction projects include the state's largest solar array opened in Spring 2012 and its Academic Center which opened in late 2010.  Today, it employs 600+ local staff and owns or leases more than 12 properties in the two communities constructed or refurbished to the LEED Silver Standard or higher.

In Charles Town, APUS is currently planning to develop two new buildings and a parking deck for 2014, and beyond. In Ranson, it plans to renovate the old ABC building with outdoor parking. Long-term growth potential could include additional buildings and parking deck.