POWER Initiative

What is POWER?

Infographic: ARC's POWER investments support economic growth in coal-mining counties and in communities along the Region's coal supply chain
POWER Research and Resources

Star icon Coal industry impact research: See state and county information available in ARC's January 2018 research series on the impacts of the changing coal industry on the Appalachian Region.


Star icon Coal mine employment and coal production data: See county-level data on coal mine employment and coal production for 2000-2017.

Learn More About ARC's POWER Initiative

Star icon ARC POWER investments: Learn about the projects ARC has invested in to date.


YouTube icon POWER grantee videos: Hear ARC POWER grantees discuss how their projects are bringing economic opportunity to coal-impacted areas.

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.

POWER in Appalachia

ARC'S most recently announced POWER investments were in October, 2018 for 35 grants totaling $26.5 million. These awards support workforce training and education in manufacturing, technology, healthcare, and other industry sectors; invest in infrastructure enhancements to continue developing the Region's tourism, entrepreneurial, and agriculture sectors; and increase access to community-based capital, including impact-investing funds, venture capital, and angel investment streams.

To date, ARC has awarded $120 million through the POWER Initiative to help coal-impacted communities in 309 Appalachian counties diversify and grow their economies. These 149 POWER investments are projected to create or retain almost 14,000 jobs, leverage an additional $403 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 ARC's POWER project summaries to learn how these investments are growing Appalachia's economy.

POWER 2018

In 2018, POWER focused on investments that are regional, strategic, and transformational and that maximized the economic revitalization of Appalachia's coal-impacted communities and regions. In general, ARC's POWER investments focused on four areas:
  • Building a competitive workforce;
  • Enhancing access to and use of broadband services;
  • Fostering entrepreneurial activities; and
  • Developing industry clusters in communities.
Eligible funding applicants included:
  • Local development districts;
  • Indian Tribes or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
  • States, counties, cities, or other political subdivision of a state, including a special purpose unit of a state or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;
  • Institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; and
  • Public or private nonprofit organizations or associations.
For questions about the POWER Initiative, please email power@arc.gov.