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ARC NEWS ROUNDUP  |  September 16, 2021  |  VOLUME 6, ISSUE 37

$46+ Million Awarded to 57 POWER Projects

Today, during New Opportunities for Appalachia's Coal Communities, a virtual event co-hosted by ARC and President Biden's Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities, ARC announced our largest POWER Initiative package to date:

 $46.4 million for 57 projects across 184 coal-impacted counties 🎉

Since 2016, POWER has invested more than $286 million in 362 projects across 353 counties affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries. 

Thank you to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito from West Virginia, Matewan Mayor Matt Moore, our panelists, and the hundreds of attendees who joined us today for this exciting announcement.

A full recording will be posted here soon.

For now, check out this Twitter thread recapping the day's events. 

Stories of Change in Coal-Impacted Communities

Today's event brought Matewan, West Virginia - a community in the heart of coal-impacted Appalachia - to attendees through a video tour provided by Kenzie New Walker, Director of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, and other Mingo County residents.

Like coal communities across the Region, Matewan is leveraging its local history to create new economic opportunities.

Several “Stories of Change” like this are now available in a new evaluation of ARC’s POWER Initiative. The report found that collective, closed POWER grants have met or exceeded targets including jobs retained and/or created, businesses created, workers trained, and revenues increased.
Alabama Strong

Alabama’s Ready to Work program provides free training with limited education and employment experience.

As a result of his participation, A.D. Robbs, a father of six working multiple jobs, earned two certifications and a new, higher-paying job.
Outdoor Gear in North Carolina

Growing Outdoors Partnership is bringing high-quality, high-skilled outdoor manufacturing jobs back to Old Fort, North Carolina.

Thanks to an ARC POWER grant, they served 350 businesses and trained 275 workers to ultimately growth the local outdoor sector.
Foundation for Appalachian KY

When Kentucky's economy slowed down due to the pandemic, the Appalachian Impact Fund rallied partners to save small businesses in Central Appalachia.

The result? The Southeast Kentucky Downtown Business Stimulus Fund, which to date has provided 153 grants totaling $385,400.

TEAM Consortium

“TEAMing Up to Build Pathways to Jobs” received a 2018 POWER grant to provide education, training, and an online portal to help connect students with in-demand careers. 

To date, the project has served over 3,100 students, trained more than 8,200 workers, and created 600 jobs

Appalachian Governors Envision the Region

Each week leading up to Appalachia Envisioned, Appalachia's 13 governors are sharing their visions for creating opportunities and resilience in the Region. This bipartisan project, led by ARC's 2020 States' Co-Chair Governor Ralph Northam, was launched in early July. Through the first week of October, Appalachia will hear from every governor and ARC's Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. This week, Governor Reeves shared his vision.

ARC partnership leading to economic growth in Mississippi

My administration is working tirelessly to prepare Mississippians for the jobs of the next 50 years. Working with our community colleges and other partners, we are focusing on training the next generation of Mississippians so when they complete their college education, they will have access to a good paying job right here at home.

Register for Appalachia Envisioned on Oct. 6!

Don't miss out! Join the 700+ Appalachians who have already registered for Appalachia Envisioned: A New Era of Opportunity, a virtual conference co-hosted by ARC and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Attendees will be the first to see ARC’s new strategic plan, and hear stories and success strategies on outdoor recreation, entrepreneurship development, and leadership and community capacity.

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Job Opportunities

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Appalachia In The News

BSCC Receives ARC Grant for New ProgramDaily Mountain Eagle, Jasper, AL

Grant Program Focuses on Downtown, Business DistrictsThe Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, OH

Five Faculty Members Join Consortium on Substance Use and AddictionPenn State News, University Park, PA

SOAR Awarded Grant to Expand Remote Work OpportunitiesThe Lane Report, Lexington, KY

WCHS students getting valuable career certifications, The News Journal, Corbin, KY

POWER Initiative Clips

Appalachian Voices Receives $1.5M from Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Initiative, Appalachian Voices, Boone, NC

Friends of the Cheat to launch Mountaineer Trail Network over 15 WV counties, 12WBOY, Clarksburg, WV

Carbon awarded $50K grant for broadband study, TN Online, Lehighton, PA

Map of the Appalachian Region

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.
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