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Infographic: Through the POWER Initiative, ARC is investing $26.7 million in projects benefitting 142 coal-impacted counties in Appalachia
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ARC Announces $26.7 Million in 2016 POWER Investments in the Appalachian Region

On August 24, 2016, ARC announced the award of $26.7 million in grants through the administration's POWER Initiative. The grants will benefit 142 counties in 8 Appalachian states and leverage an estimated $49.4 million in additional investments in the Region. ARC anticipates making a second POWER award announcement later this year.
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What is POWER?
POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) is a multi-agency 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 FY 2016 POWER funds and potentially use all the POWER funding available through the Continuing Resolution currently governing federal spending for FY 2017.

As indicated previously in ARC's FY 2016 POWER implementation grant FFO and technical assistance grant FFO, ARC will accept and review POWER implementation pre-applications and POWER technical assistance applications on an ongoing basis and until such time as program funds are no longer available. Given the current volume of applications, ARC will stop accepting new POWER grant pre-applications on November 16, 2016. To be considered for POWER funding, pre-applications must be submitted through the ARC-EDA POWER Portal using the application guidelines set forth in the FY 2016 POWER implementation grant FFO and technical assistance grant FFO by November 16. See the Supplemental FAQ about ARC's POWER Initiative for more information.

ARC will review new and pending POWER pre-applications received by this deadline and will support the implementation of POWER grants already awarded. It will continue to actively engage with Appalachia's coal-impacted communities and other entities strengthening and diversifying the Region's economy.

For questions about the POWER Initiative, please email