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Month: September 2021

DOE Announces Communities LEAP Pilot, $16M In Funding for Environmental Justice And Fossil Fuel Communities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of its Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Partnerships) Pilot program, which will provide up to $16 million to support environmental justice communities and communities with historical ties to fossil fuel industries in their transition to a clean energy economy. As part of President Biden’s commitment to …

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Prioritizing coal-to-products commercialization is needed to revitalize Southern West Virginia economy

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, created by the Biden Administration in January 2021, has identified Southern West Virginia as No. 1 and Beckley as No. 23 on their list of 40 priority communities to target for transition funding and technical assistance. Read the full story at: https://www.wvnews.com/westondemocrat/opinion/prioritizing-coal-to-products-commercialization-is-needed-to-revitalize-southern-west-virginia-economy/article_e5eb8cd4-14fc-11ec-ba7e-bb821a40dd0e.html

IWG Meets with Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe Leaders to Discuss Economic Revitalization

Yesterday, IWG Executive Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., and several federal agency senior officials met with leaders from Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe to share details about federal funding available to help Tribal leaders strengthen their economies, workforce, businesses and communities. “It was wonderful to meet with Hopi Chairman Nuvangyaoma and Navajo President Nez yesterday to …

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ARC hosting virtual event on opportunities for coal communities

Appalachian Regional Commission is partnering with President Biden’s Interagency Working Group on Revitalizing Coal and Power Plant Communities (IWG) to host a virtual event called New Opportunities for Coal Communities on Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Read the full story at: https://www.register-herald.com/news/money/arc-hosting-virtual-event-on-opportunities-for-coal-commmunities/article_b89e3899-760c-57d5-8eed-54d174e84a8d.html

IWG Participates in USDA Virtual Roundtable, Discusses Supply Chain and Coal Communities

Representatives of the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization joined a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) virtual roundtable event today to discuss the agency’s plans to invest $4 billion through the Build Back Better initiative to strengthen the food supply chain and ensure the resilience and fairness of …

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IWG and Federal Agencies Discuss Opportunities to Catalyze Economic Growth in North Dakota Energy Communities

In collaboration with several federal agencies, the Interagency Working Group (IWG) hosted a virtual workshop Wednesday, Sept. 8, tailored for North Dakota energy community members and leaders to learn about opportunities to help catalyze local projects for economic growth in the region. Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, IWG Executive Director …

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Feds offering workshop for coal communities funding

Senior officials from several federal agencies, including the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Interior, spoke with North Dakota energy community members and leaders about available resources and federal funding to spur regional economic revitalization. Read the full story at: https://www.willistonherald.com/news/oil_and_energy/feds-offering-workshop-for-coal-communities-funding/article_4b9561de-1009-11ec-b320-9f282510c772.html

IWG Hosts Economic Revitalization Webinar for Colorado Energy Communities

Yesterday, Interagency Working Group (IWG) Executive Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., federal agency representatives and local partner organizations held a virtual workshop focused on regional economic revitalization and available federal funding for Colorado energy communities, providing actionable pathways for communities to catalyze economic growth. A panel of local partners, including Colorado Office of Just Transition, Colorado …

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