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Grants from Appalachian Regional Commission will help communities affected by coal mining loss

19 projects across the Commonwealth are receiving a total of $17.3 million for economic development

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing that counties and organizations in Pennsylvania coal communities will receive a total of $17.3 million in POWER grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The grantee projects include high-speed internet expansion, workforce training, small business development, and other regional development purposes. Casey has been a strong advocate for funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission and its work.

“Job training programs and access to high-speed internet are critical for success in our modern economy,” said Senator Casey. “These grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission will bolster the workforce across Pennsylvania coal communities. I will continue fighting to ensure our rural communities have a voice in Washington and our workers don’t get left behind.”

POWER Grant Recipients




Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.


Building a Competitive Workforce to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the ARC region

Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation


Pitt-Johnstown Future Works

Venango County Economic Development Authority


Venango County Restaurant and Retail Food Accelerator

Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation


Partners for Creative Economy

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Erie


Building Capacity with Infinite Erie

Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition (PaPSC)


Providing Opportunities in Workforce and Entrepreneurship though Recovery (Project P.O.W.E.R.)

Trade Institute of Pittsburgh


Trade Institute of Pittsburgh Social Enterprise

Susquehanna Valley United Way


Susquehanna Valley Makerspace Collaborative

Washington County, PA


Washington County’s East Finley Broadband Expansion Project

Keystone Community Education Council


Transforming Our Workforce Ecosystem (TOWE)

Community Kitchen Pittsburgh


Expanding Sectoral Partnerships in the Regional Food System through Culinary and Butchery Training

Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development


Beaver County Business District Initiative

LindenPointe Development Corporation


Pennsylvania Cybersecurity Center

Westminster College


Enhancing Nursing and Allied Health Professional Education with a High-Fidelity Simulation Lab

Lycoming County


Lycoming County Broadband Engineering & Deployment Readiness Plan

Transitional Paths to Independent Living (TRPIL)


TRPIL Advances Career Options and Opportunities

Borough of Ridgway


Ridgway Riverfront Master Site Plan

Edinboro Market, Inc.


‘Cultivating’ the Agri-culinary Industry in Northwest Pennsylvania

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.


Junior Achievement Comprehensive Analysis of Territories – Western PA & West Virginia (JA CAT-WPWV)

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. You can read a more detailed list of the grants here.