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Director’s Update – February 17, 2023

Dear Energy Community Supporter,

Thank you for your continued interest in the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) Director’s Updates. In addition to funding updates and deadlines, this edition features several upcoming webinars and workshops that delve into critical investments — read on.

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Upcoming Webinar Series on New Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains is hosting a series of webinars to share more information on its newly announced Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program. The series is taking place:

Monday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. – Focus on Illinois Basin Region
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m. – Focus on the Intermountain West Region
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. – Focus on Appalachia

New Funding Opportunities & Announcements

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

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

Events & Additional Resources

Success Story

In the southwestern corner of Virginia, St. Paul, a former coal and railroad community, is shifting its economy toward outdoor recreation and tourism. A cornerstone of this effort is the Clinch River.  

The Clinch River is one of the most biodiverse rivers in America. It’s a lesser-known beauty of nature but when tourists visit St. Paul, they can rent kayaks or tubes to take out on the river and rent bikes or walk the various nature trails.

Through Appalachian Regional Commission funding, St. Paul has worked on several projects to revitalize its downtown and nature trails to bring in more tourism. Between improvements to the Western Front Hotel, remodeling the Lyric Theatre, and hiring more rangers and maintenance staff for trail upkeep, St. Paul is becoming a hopping place for nature lovers.

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
Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy

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