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POWER Initiative

POWER for Economic Diversity in Appalachia

Infographic: Through the POWER Initiative, ARC has invested $75.5 million in projects to diversify and grow the economies in 236 coal-impacted counties across Appalachia
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ARC has awarded $75.5 million through the POWER Initiative to help coal-impacted communities in 236 Appalachian counties diversify and grow their economies. These investments will create or retain more than 6,800 jobs, leverage an additional $142 million in investment, and prepare thousands of workers and students with globally competitive skills and opportunities in the Region's manufacturing, technology, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and other emerging sectors. Read our POWER project summaries to learn how these investments are growing Appalachia's economy.

According to ARC research, Appalachia lost nearly 10,500 coal mining jobs in 2016, and a total of 33,500 coal mining jobs between 2011 and 2016. Since March 2016, when ARC first announced funding availability through the POWER Initiative, the Commission has received more than $280 million in funding requests for ideas to revitalize Appalachia's economy. With funds made available to date, ARC has been able to fund one-quarter of these proposals.

What is POWER?
POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) is a multi-agency, congressionally funded initiative that 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. ARC is participating in POWER with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and 8 other agencies.

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.

ARC provides POWER implementation grants and technical assistance grants for activities addressing the challenges facing coal-impacted communities in the Appalachian Region. ARC's POWER assistance also includes tools and resources such as technical and capacity-building support.

ARC has received a sufficient number of competitive and fundable POWER grant applications to award the balance of its currently appropriated funding. ARC is no longer accepting new pre-applications or technical assistance requests for the POWER Initiative.

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