Coal-Impacted Communities

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…


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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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…
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 students and 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:…
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Frostburg State University: Advancing Technology in Western Maryland 

In September 2021, Frostburg State University received the state of Maryland’s first-ever ARC POWER implementation grant. The $1,480,979 award helped continue the development of the Advanced Technology Center at Frostburg’s Innovation Park, which works to strengthen Western Maryland’s economy by creating new job opportunities…
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Startup Alleghenies: Empowering the Cycle of Entrepreneurship

Since 1974, JARI has supported the economic growth and diversification of Pennsylvania’s Southern Alleghenies region. Their service area in Greater Johnstown, Pennsylvania historically relied on the steel and coal industries, and like other Appalachian communities needed to diversify its local and regional economic bases to improve long-term vitality.  In order to best carry out its…
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