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POWER Initiative


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What is POWER?

POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) is a 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.

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 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, and leverage more than $900 million in additional private investment into Appalachia's economy. These investments will prepare tens of thousands of workers and students for opportunities in entrepreneurship, broadband development, tourism, and other industry sectors in 350 coal-impacted counties. POWER investments are also supporting workforce-to-recovery and other comprehensive strategies to strengthen the Region's Recovery Ecosystem.

Read ARC's POWER project summaries to learn how these investments are growing Appalachia's economy.

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