The Lenowisco Planning District Commission announced last week it will participate in a project that will utilize some of the federal POWER economic revitalization funds announced for the region by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in Wise County.

In a multi-state partnership will use a $497,000 Appalachian Regional Commission/POWER funding award to map the extent of the coal industry supply chain across the three states.

Miller said the resulting information will complement ongoing work undertaken by other ARC-funded projects examining the extent of the decline of the coal economy and providing businesses with technical assistance to aid impacted coal supply chain firms with diversification efforts to enable their return to growth and profitability.

Other projects announced Wednesday to receive the ARC/POWER funds include $2.22 million to the Wise County Industrial Development Authority for the Virginia Emerging Drone Industry Cluster Project; $3 million to Friends of Southwest Virginia in Abingdon for the Building Appalachian Spring: Growing the Economy of Southwest Virginia project; $11,108 to the Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network to spur a craft brewery/beverages industry; and more than $1.42 million to Southwest Virginia Community College for the Southwest Virginia Regional Cybersecurity initiative, a project that will also involve Mountain Empire Community College and The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.


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