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Appalachian Regional Commission Grants to Help Communities Affected by Coal Mining Job Loss

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing that five Southwestern Pennsylvania entities and one statewide organization will receive $4.14 million in POWER grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Grantee projects include workforce training, small business development, opioid education and other regional development purposes. Casey has been a strong advocate for funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission and its work.

“In our ever-changing economy, job training has never been more important. These grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission will help workers across Southwestern Pennsylvania learn new skills and support local entrepreneurs,” said Senator Casey. “I will continue fighting to ensure our rural communities have a voice in Washington and our workers don’t get left behind.”

Funding Breakdown


Funding Amount


Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission $509,948 To create an online marketplace for Startup Alleghenies entrepreneurs
University of Pittsburgh $490,487 Applied Data-Driven Methods Certificate program, with particular focus on students from Fayette and Westmoreland Counties
Westmoreland County Community College $669,625 To expand the Tri-State Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium focused on workforce training
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts $500,000 Entrepreneur accelerate program for artists
Tri-County Workforce Investment Board (Butler, PA) $1,120,000 Steamfitter’s advanced employment and training program
Somerset County Foundation for Higher Education $845,043 Opioid education for allied health professionals

ARC’s POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative delivers federal resources to communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining and related industries. POWER grants support efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities. More detailed descriptions of all projects awarded in the most recent round of ARC POWER grants can be found here.