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Director’s Update – February 6, 2023

Dear Energy Community Supporter,

Agencies from across the federal government are regularly announcing new funding opportunities, collectively worth billions of dollars, to help revitalize the economies of the nation’s energy communities. With this in mind, read on for the most up-to-date information on resources, new funding opportunities, deadline reminders and more.

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Technical Assistance for Energy Communities Webinar Series Resources

The Energy Communities IWG wrapped up our webinar series focused on federal and non-federal technical assistance available to energy communities. If you missed a webinar or want to watch the webinar again, check out the Past Events page on our website. There you can also find the presentations and additional resources.

New Funding Opportunities & Announcements

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

Events & Additional Resources

Feb. 23, 2023, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., EST: Belden, Mississippi
Feb. 28, 2023, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., EST: Knoxville, Tennessee
March 2, 2023, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., EST: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Success Story

Photo courtesy of the Just Transition Fund

When a community loses 1,131 jobs and $8.5 million in tax revenue, how does it begin to recover? That’s the question Adams County, Ohio, was trying to answer in 2018 when two coal-fired power plants shut down.

To help Adams County and others in Appalachian Ohio address workforce development and economic challenges, Governor Mike DeWine created the Growing Rural Independence Together (GRIT) initiative. With $8 million in state funding, GRIT designed two connected programs: one to help high school students identify their career strengths and connect with colleges, trainings and job opportunities; and the other offering the same type of assistance for adults changing jobs or re-entering the workforce.

By partnering with Ohio Means Jobs, community colleges, career and technical centers, courts, drug treatment centers, and high schools across a five-county region, GRIT hopes to make it easy for everyone looking for a job to access these programs.

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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