Federal Funding Announced for Hard-Hit Coal Communities
$65.8 million is now available to help people who are struggling in coal fields throughout the U.S. $35 million of that will be distributed throughout Appalachia, where layoffs in the coal industry have been especially hard on communities.
The Appalachian Regional Commission together with the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the White House announced the funds this week. The federal money will go to develop projects that will diversify economies, create jobs in new or existing industries, attract investment and provide workforce services and skills training.
The funding comes through the Obama Administration’s Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce And Economic Revitalization, or the POWER initiative. The Appalachian Regional Commission will receive $35 million to distribute for such projects.