The Appalachian Regional Commission announced nearly $46.4 million in grants today to support economic development in coal communities.|
The grants came through the agencyâs Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization program, referred to by its acronym, POWER. The program targets federal resources to communities affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations and coal-related supply chain industries.
Regionally grants were approved:
$1.23 million for Glenville State College to provide training and professional certification opportunities to unemployed, underemployed or displaced workers in north central West Virginia. The training will focus on cybersecurity, Homeland security, policing, corrections and similar security professions.
$50,000 to the Braxton County Development Authority for the Trail Town Plan for the Elk River Rail Trail System. This will inventory tourism infrastructure and identify community assets along the 50-plus-mile Elk River Trail system in Braxton and Clay counties.