ARC Announces Funding to Diversify and Strengthen Coal-Impacted Communities

The Appalachian Regional Commission had announced $26.5 million to expand and diversify the economy in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. These 35 awards are projected to create or retain over 5,400 jobs and leverage more than $193 million in private investment into 59 of the Region’s coal-impacted counties by supporting workforce training and education in manufacturing, technology, healthcare, and other industry sectors. Since 2015, ARC has invested over $120 million in 149 projects in 309 counties in Appalachia.

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