POWER Initiative |
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.
On February 1, ARC issued a request for proposals for 2018 POWER Initiative funding. In 2018, POWER will focus on investments that are regional, strategic, and transformational and that maximize the economic revitalization of Appalachia's coal-impacted communities and regions. In general, ARC's POWER investments will focus on four areas:
ARC will host a series of five public regional workshops and a webinar series in February and March to help communities learn more about applying for POWER 2018 funding.
POWER in Appalachia
To date, 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 are projected to 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 ARC's POWER project summaries to learn how these investments are growing Appalachia's economy.
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