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Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization in Coal-Affected Appalachia

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Appalachian Regional Commission
Aug 29, 2018

Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) is a federally funded program of the Appalachian Regional Commission that provides funding for workforce and economic revitalization activities in communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries.

The program funds projects that:

  • Will produce multiple economic development outcomes, such as promoting regional economic growth and diversification, new job creation, and re-employment opportunities for displaced coal-economy workers
  • Are specifically identified under state, local, and/or regional economic development plans
  • Have been collaboratively designed by diverse state, local, and regional stakeholders

Priority areas include:

  • Building a competitive workforce
    • Strengthening the healthcare sector, and working to improve health conditions that affect economic vitality
    • Strategies to increase the number of adults with at least a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Enhancing access to and use of broadband services
  • Fostering entrepreneurial activities
  • Developing industry clusters in communities

Funds are also available in 2018 for technical assistance projects to assist communities and regions in developing plans and strategies for transforming their economic structures.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Local development districts
  • Indian tribes or a consortium of tribes
  • States, counties, cities, or other political subdivision of a state, including a special purpose unit of a state or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions
  • Institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education
  • Public or private nonprofit organizations or associations

Projects should benefit one or more of the counties in the Power Initiative service area.

Geographic coverage
Available in specific counties in 11 states.
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $1,500,000
Award floor: $400,000
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated total program funding: $20,000,000

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions , and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Recorded webinars

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Broadband · Community and economic development · Economics and the economy · Educational attainment · Employment and unemployment · Healthcare workforce · Self-sufficiency · Alabama · Kentucky · Maryland · Mississippi · New York · North Carolina · Ohio · Pennsylvania · Tennessee · Virginia · West Virginia

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