The Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative 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.
In October 2023, ARC awarded its latest round of investments – nearly $54 million – to projects that will leverage entrepreneurship, workforce development, and infrastructure to bolster re-employment opportunities, create jobs in existing or new industries, and attract new sources of investment.
POWER’s Impact in Appalachia
Since 2015, ARC has invested $421.6 million in 507 projects touching 365 counties across Appalachia through the POWER Initiative. Together, these investments are projected to create or retain over 53,000 jobs, leverage more than $1.81 billion in additional private investment into Appalachia’s economy, and prepare over 142,000 workers and students for opportunities in entrepreneurship, broadband development, tourism, and other industry sectors.
Investments in Action
POWER Success Stories
POWER Initiative Evaluations
Learn more about the results of our ongoing evaluation of the POWER Initiative, documenting successes, challenges, and lessons learned from past and current grantees, as well as early impacts of the grants.
An Overview of Coal and the Economy in Appalachia
This report details major trends in coal employment and production in the Appalachian Region over the past two decades. It examines where employment and production losses have been concentrated within the Region, and also what might be driving these declines.