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Director’s Update – August 10, 2023

Established by an Executive Order during President Biden’s first week in office, the Energy Communities IWG is pursuing a whole-of-government approach to create good-paying union jobs, spur economic revitalization, remediate environmental degradation and support energy workers in coal, oil and gas, and power plant communities across the country.

MN Event Recap

Courtesy Minnesota Energy Transition Office

The State of Minnesota Energy Transition Office hosted a Summit this summer that brought together federal, state and local officials to discuss energy transition challenges and solutions. This full-day program featured several panels exploring funding, resources and technical assistance available to Minnesota’s energy communities and workers and a pitch fest where local leaders with projects learned more about specific funding relevant to them. The Energy Communities IWG participated and shared federal resources available at energycommunities.gov.

New Funding Opportunities & Announcements

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

The following funding opportunities and technical assistance programs have application deadlines coming up in the next four weeks and can all be found in the IWG’s online clearinghouse.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Events & Additional Resources

  • Western Kentucky Meeting at Murray State
    The Energy Communities IWG, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Delta Regional Authority visited Western Kentucky last month to deliver a training session to help Kentucky communities prepare projects that would be eligible for the state’s HB 9 funding.
  • Energy Transition Webinar Series: Webinar 3 Recording
    This webinar focused on programs, initiatives, and funding available to support transitioning energy communities experiencing economic and social impacts of the power plant and coal mine closures.
  • Recompete Webinar with Senator Casey’s Office
    Hosted by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, this webinar discussed the Recompete Pilot Program and how it can help revitalize local economies.

Success Story

Last year, through the Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC) Initiative, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded $2.1 million to the city of Batesville, AR to make critical infrastructure improvements at the city’s industrial park.

This grant will construct roads, water, and sewer infrastructure to support expansion and business development at the industrial park as the city transitions away from a coal-centric economy and towards a diversified economy. The EDA investment was matched with $526,275 in local funds and is expected to create 200 jobs and generate $30 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

Courtesy of The Daily Times

On behalf of all IWG member agencies, thank you for your continued interest in programs that support people living and working in America’s energy communities. Please feel free to share this newsletter with others in your network who may benefit.

Best regards,

Brian J. Anderson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization

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