The POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production.
The POWER Initiative supports efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment.
POWER’s Impact in Appalachia
Since 2015, ARC has invested over $195 million in 242 projects touching 350 counties across Appalachia through the POWER Initiative. Together, these investments are projected to create or retain more than 23,000 jobs, leverage more than $900 million in additional private investment into Appalachia’s economy, and prepare tens of thousands of workers and students for opportunities in entrepreneurship, broadband development, tourism, and other industry sectors. POWER investments also support workforce-to-recovery and other comprehensive strategies to strengthen the Region’s Recovery Ecosystem.
These 242 projects are using ARC support to transform coal-impacted economies throughout the Region.