U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today unveiled the allocation of $17.3 million in POWER grants by the Appalachian Regional Commission for 19 projects across Pennsylvania. Aimed at counties and organizations in coal communities, this funding is intended to help regions that have faced economic challenges due to the decline of coal mining.
These grants will be used for a range of initiatives from high-speed internet expansion and workforce training to small business development. Senator Casey has been a vocal proponent of the Appalachian Regional Commission and its mission to assist these communities.
“Job training programs and high-speed internet access are pivotal in today’s digital age,” Senator Casey commented. “With these grants, we’re bolstering the workforce and infrastructure of Pennsylvania’s coal communities, ensuring they remain competitive. I am committed to ensuring that our rural communities are heard in Washington and that our workers remain at the forefront of our economic strategies.”
Here’s a snapshot of some of the projects and their respective funding:
- Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is set to receive $1.4 million for their project titled ‘Building a Competitive Workforce’ which focuses on boosting semiconductor manufacturing in the ARC region.
- Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation has been allocated $1.5 million for the ‘Pitt-Johnstown Future Works’ initiative.
- Venango County Economic Development Authority will be granted $1.457 million to accelerate restaurant and retail food businesses in Venango County.
- Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation will utilize $1,463,222 for their ‘Partners for Creative Economy’ project.
- The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Erie has been earmarked $1,082,000 to build capacity with their ‘Infinite Erie’ project.