Two Projects in Eastgate Region Awarded POWER Grant

Oct 21, 2019

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced a $44.4 million investment package to expand and diversify the economy in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. $6.7 million in ARC POWER funding was awarded to projects in Appalachian Ohio, including two projects in the Eastgate region. Congratulations to Eastern Gateway Community College $836,332 and Trumbull County Planning Commission.




Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $44.4 Million to Diversify Region’s Coal-Impacted Economies



 

54 projects invest in broadband development, entrepreneurship, recovery ecosystem development, and other sectors touching 232 counties in nine states.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced a $44.4 million investment package to expand and diversify the economy in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. These 54 awards are projected to create or retain over 5,700 jobs, leverage more than $39 million in private investment, create and/or retain 2,940 businesses, and train thousands of workers and students within the broadband, entrepreneurship, substance abuse recovery, tourism and other industry sectors across coal-impacted communities in nine Appalachian states.

“The downturn of the coal market has been devastating to Appalachian communities, especially those that relied on coal extraction and related supply chains for generations. POWER grants are playing a critical role in supporting these communities as they diversify economies, invest in growth-oriented infrastructure, train a next-generation workforce, and ingrain resiliency and hope into their local fabric,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “Ensuring a prosperous future in coal-impacted communities is something Appalachia will do together. I am very proud of the leadership and innovation shown by this round of POWER grantees.”

The ARC POWER initiative recently awarded $6.7 million to projects in Appalachian Ohio, including two projects in the Eastgate region. Congratulations to the

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Eastern Gateway Community College $836,332 and Trumbull County Planning Commission.

$836,332 ARC grant to the Eastern Gateway Community College main campus for the Tri-State Gateway to Growth Training Center. The project will establish a training center to serve a 12-county region in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The new training center will educate a competitive workforce for this region in advanced manufacturing (including welding, machining, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, and industrial maintenance), logistics, and energy industries. The area served by the new center has experienced declines in coal mining employment as well as the closure of a coal-fired power plant. Over the three-year grant period at least 650 workers/trainees and 120 students will obtain new positions or enhance their current ones, and six businesses will be improved by the training model.

$27,500 ARC grant to the Trumbull County Planning Commission in Warren, OH for the Trumbull County Broadband Feasibility Study. The study will create the road map for the implementation of a fiber network throughout Trumbull County. It will perform a market analysis of adoption rates, competition, and pricing; conduct a needs assessment for area businesses, schools, hospitals, and other anchor institutions; review current trends in telecommunications technologies; and develop a framework for a structure to govern the fiber network as a publicly owned and operated utility.

See the full list of 2019 ARC POWER Initiative awards.

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