POWER Initiative |
POWER for Economic Diversity in Appalachia
ARC has awarded $94 million through the POWER Initiative to help coal-impacted communities in 250 Appalachian counties diversify and grow their economies. These 114 investments will create or retain almost 8,800 jobs, leverage an additional $210 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-third of these proposals.
What is POWER?
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 POWER Grants