With the groundbreaking of Chestnut Ridge a week away, Senator Kay Hagan today announced a $426,945 grant from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to construct water and wastewater infrastructure needed to serve the new post acute care services facility in the Town of Blowing Rock. The grant is expected to create 59 jobs and save 110 jobs. The project, which partners ARHS and Appalachian State University’s College of Health Sciences, will boost health care sciences career development and advance workforce skills, according to the release.  Hagan said "This grant is an important investment in Blowing Rock and will improve the quality of life for the entire community,” and  “I applaud this important partnership between ARHS and Appalachian State to enhance students’ experience and better prepare our next generation of healthcare professionals. I am working in the Senate to make sure we continue investing in infrastructure improvements for North Carolina's rural communities."  Blowing Rock Town Manager, Scott Fogleman said, “The Town of Blowing Rock very much appreciates the Economic Development Administration’s financial support and said, “It is only through grant partnerships such as this that we would be able to provide this very important utility project.”  Senator Hagan said the effort to secure the funds started almost a year ago with a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary Matt Erskine in July 2013 touting the benefits this investment would bring to North Carolina’s High Country and urging full consideration of ARHS’ grant application.