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February 28, 2022 | Tom Ballard

ARC issues RFP for its latest POWER initiative

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) last week issued a request for proposals for its “POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization)” Initiative.

POWER investments help economic diversification efforts in Appalachian communities affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries.
Since 2015, ARC has invested more than $294 million in 369 projects across 354 coal-impacted communities, helping create or retain more than 35,000 jobs and prepare thousands of students and workers for new opportunities in emerging sectors.

For the latest solicitation ARC will invest around $25 million in projects building entrepreneurship, broadband, workforce development, tourism, and more across Appalachian coal communities. Applications are due by April 29.

More details, including a video and a link to the application, can be found here.

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