Coal-Impacted Communities



POWER 2024 Pre-Application Workshop

Join the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for a virtual workshop to learn more about ARC’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative. Sessions will provide applicants the opportunity to better understand the POWER Initiative and…
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Opportunity Appalachia 2024 Launch Webinar

Appalachian Community Capital is announcing its expanded 2024 Opportunity Appalachia program, which has received ARC POWER funding since 2019 to help attract over $530M in capital to high impact projects, and will now provide technical assistance to coal-impacted communities in the Central Appalachian states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio,…
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West Virginia

Mountwest Community & Technical College: Constructing a Greener Future in WV

ARC’s POWER Initiative has invested millions to connect Appalachia’s students and workers with careers in emerging, high-growth industries – one of which is construction. This sector is struggling to find qualified workers to keep up with increasing demand. Furthermore, Appalachian communities continue to be faced with the lack of…
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Pennsylvania

Appalachian Pennsylvania: $17.3 Million Awarded for Coal Community Revitalization

Since 2015, ARC’s POWER Initiative has invested millions in projects working to create jobs, fuel new industries, and prepare students and workers for new opportunities in coal-impacted communities. ARC’s largest single POWER funding package to date was awarded in October 2023, with one state receiving an…
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Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Central Appalachia: Increasing Capital Access in Coal Communities

ARC’s POWER Initiative has invested millions in projects working to create jobs and new economic opportunities in coal-impacted communities. A barrier to the creation of opportunity, however, is capital access. Without the money and credit needed to start a business, the ideas of home-grown entrepreneurs cannot be put into…
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Pennsylvania

Tri-County Workforce Investment Board: Creating PA’s Semi-Conductor Workforce

Tri-County Workforce Investment Board is partnering with Steamfitters Local Union 449 (see video above) to offer free training for over 500 participants at its Technology Center in Harmony, PA. ARC’s POWER Initiative has invested millions to connect students and workers in coal-impacted communities with in-demand, high-growth industries. One such…
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Reforesting Mine Lands: How the Forestry Reclamation Approach Works for Coal Communities

The virtual event, Reforesting Mine Lands: How the Forestry Reclamation Approach Works for Coal Communities, will include an introduction the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), and how new investments in reforesting mine lands can create jobs, new economic opportunities, sequester carbon and reduce flooding. Attendees will learn more about…
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Catalyzing Economic Development in Pennsylvania’s Energy Communities

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) will host an event in Westmoreland County, PA to highlight federal opportunities that can help catalyze economic development in Pennsylvania’s energy communities.  Attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with federal officials…
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Overcoming Common Infrastructure Challenges in Energy Communities – Part 2

Addressing infrastructure challenges is a top priority for energy communities throughout the nation. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes historic investments in America’s core infrastructure that lower energy costs, enhance energy security, and jump-start a new era of clean energy jobs for energy communities.The Interagency Working Group on Coal and…
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Kentucky

Pike

Pikeville, KY: New Wastewater Technology Supports a Growth Mindset 

Building Appalachia’s infrastructure has been an ARC investment priority for 58 years, especially the development and maintenance of basic infrastructure systems for water, sewer, energy, and stormwater. ARC’s Area Development Program invested $66.8 million in water and sewer projects alone in Fiscal Year 2022.
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Kentucky

Dataseam: Growing the IT Workforce in Eastern Kentucky

Like many coal-impacted areas in Appalachia, Eastern Kentucky is tackling economic transition head-on by diversifying its economic bases and creating new opportunities in communities. Emerging industries such as information technology (IT), computer science, and engineering have shown promise, but a shortage of IT talent was keeping the region from reaching…
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Getting the Grant: Successfully Applying for ARC Funding Opportunities

ARC invites you to join us for Getting the Grant: Successfully Applying for ARC Funding Opportunities, an in-person workshop series designed to help prospective applicants prepare to submit applications for ARC’s 2023 funding opportunities: ARISE, INSPIRE, and POWER. Getting the Grant: Successfully Applying for ARC Funding Opportunities workshop attendees will: Meet…
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Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Central Appalachia: Growing Opportunities Through Local Food

Since 2015, ARC’s POWER Initiative has invested millions in projects working to create jobs, fuel new industries, and prepare workers and students for new opportunities in coal-impacted communities. The largest POWER funding package to date was awarded in October 2022, with particular momentum for one emerging sector: local food. …
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