BREAKS, VA – MARCH 8, 2024 – An up to $79,971.33 grant from the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) Civil Penalties Fund to be used to develop infrastructure and improvements at the Breaks Interstate Park, specifically repainting, repairs and improvements to the park’s existing potable water tank was recently closed.

The Breaks Interstate Park owns and maintains its own potable water distribution systems, including water storage towers. The primary storage tank holds 60,000 gallons and was installed in the 1970s. The park recently had the tank inspected and the inspection results indicate the interior and exterior of the tank need to be repainted and repairs are needed to the foundation and other areas.

“VCEDA is pleased to continue to support the needs of the Breaks Interstate Park, which is one of the premier tourism assets in Southwest Virginia’s e-Region,” said VCEDA Executive Director/General Counsel Jonathan Belcher. “The park adds to the quality of life in the region and is a major draw for tourists, making it an important piece of ongoing economic development efforts.”

“The Breaks Interstate Park Commission is grateful for VCEDA’s ongoing support,” said Breaks Interstate Park Superintendent Austin Bradley. “Many people don’t realize the Breaks operates and maintains its own drinking water system, including two large tanks. This grant will help ensure that the system remains in good repair as we welcome an increasing number of guests in the coming years.”

Any funds remaining after the water tank improvements are made may also be used toward Phase II improvements to the Chafin Lodge including fire suppression upgrades, the purchase of additional furniture, new flooring and/or for expansion of the gift shop.

About Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority and Southwest Virginia’s e-Region: The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988 to enhance and diversify the region’s economy and help create jobs, markets Southwest Virginia’s e-Region and its focus on electronic information technology, energy, education, emerging technologies, and entrepreneurship. VCEDA is a unique economic development organization that manages funds for economic development projects from a percentage of the coal and natural gas severance taxes paid by coal and natural gas companies that operate in the region. Located in southwestern Virginia, the region includes Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise counties and the City of Norton. or