IDA Hosts POWER Grant Information Session

The Industrial Development Authority of Lee County and the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board will host a POWER Grant Information Session for dislocated coal industry workers on Tuesday, July 19th from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Pennington Gap Community Center in Pennington Gap.

Representatives from the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board-Area I, the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM), Mountain Empire Community College (MECC), and Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) will be on hand to discuss testing, credentialing, labor market information, jobs, retooling, and training opportunities.

POWER stands for Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization. This national dislocated worker grant was awarded to the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Development-Area I and is specifically designed to help dislocated coal industry workers, which includes underground and surface coal miners, as well as non-miners in the coal business supply chain.

Call 276/883-5038 for more information or email Stephen Mullins, Regional POWER Grant Coordinator, at


About the Industrial Development Authority of Lee County: The mission of the IDA of Lee County is to promote and facilitate economic growth and development in Lee County by recruiting manufacturing, industrial and commercial enterprises to locate or remain in Lee County, promote entrepreneurism and to enhance the economic well being of the citizens of Lee County. Michael James has been Director of the Authority since May, 2011.

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