Appalachian Regional Commission Awards $43.3 Million

Recently three Southwest Virginia projects were selected among the total fifty-one from across the twelve Appalachian states that will soon receive a combined total of $43.3 million in order to support economic diversification in regionally located coal impacted communities, according to the Appalachian Regional Commission. To date, ARC has already invested more than $238 million in 293 projects, spanning more than 350 Appalachian counties since 2015.
With more than half of the investments going to support recovery to work endeavors or further strengthen the area’s broadband infrastructure according to the latest Press Release from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
In Southwest Virginia, more than $883,000 will be used for projects that include among them, a project for St. Mary’s Health Wagon in Wise County in the amount of $793,500 for the establishment of a substance use disorder treatment -program utilizing medication assisted treatments.
The LENOWISCO Planning District Commission, in order for them to develop a workable strategic plan that allows them to establish a fiber network in a thirteen county region throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.
Funds for these grants has been made possible thru the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative also known as POWER. The POWER Initiative is a congressionally funded program that targets federal resources to help regions and communities that have been adversely affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations and coal related supply chain industrices as a result of the every changing economics of America’s energy production.

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