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$43.3 million announced for 51 new POWER grants

October 22, 2020

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced $43.3 million for 51 projects in the region’s coal-impacted communities. More than half of the awards will support recovery-to-work efforts or broadband initiatives. To date, ARC has awarded over $238 million and supported 293 projects. Funding for the awards is made available through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative, an initiative that aims 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.

Among the recipients of the awards is Catalyst Connection, an SSTI member. Their grant will be used to fund the REAL Jobs in Energy & Manufacturing project which will coordinate new workforce development activities across a 12-county region in southwestern Pennsylvania.

A full list of this year’s awardees is available here.