BY EMMA PEPPER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, THE HUB
Last week, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced that they are accepting the next round of POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) funding proposals beginning February 1.
Since 2015, the ARC has invested $120 million in 149 projects—including 42 projects in West Virginia—through POWER.
From the ARC:
POWER is a congressionally funded initiative that 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.
The current request for funding proposals makes an additional $45 million available for regional, strategic, and transformational undertakings spurring long term economic revitalization in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities and regions.
The 149 POWER investments [to date] are projected to create or retain almost 14,000 jobs, leverage an additional $403 million in investment, and prepare thousands of workers and students with globally competitive skills and opportunities in the Region’s manufacturing, technology, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and other emerging sectors.
The ARC is hosting four workshops across the region to teach prospective applicants about the initiative and proposal process.
The West Virginia workshop is set for March 6 in Morgantown.