Twelve states and tribal nations awarded workforce and economic revitalization grants

By Katie Spiker, October 16, 2015

Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced almost $15 million in grant funding to 36 projects across the country as part of the The Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative. The POWER Initiative is jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Awards went to 12 states and tribal nations, and recipients are tasked with expanding economic opportunity for their regions, local employers, and workers.

The POWER Initiative is part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to support communities negatively impacted by the evolution of the power industry, especially regions impacted by decreasing number of jobs in coal mining. The administration emphasized the dire economic needs in communities impacted by the changing coal industry and has prioritized this first round of grants targeting economic and workforce development projects across the region.

First announced in May of this year, partnerships can apply for the grants – to be disbursed on a rolling basis – for the following activities:

  • Diversify local economies
  • Spur additional job growth in new and existing industries
  • Attract job-creating investments to their regions, and
  • Provide a variety of workforce and skills training in high-quality, in-demand jobs.

You can find a complete list of current grantees here.