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Director’s Update – July 21, 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.

Webinar on Overcoming Water, Sewer and Broadband Infrastructure Challenges Recording Available

This week the Energy Communities IWG wrapped up its webinar series “Overcoming Common Infrastructure Challenges in Energy Communities.” The second, and final, webinar focused on federal programs to revitalize water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

Visit the past events page to access the recording, presentation slides and additional resources shared during the webinar.

New Energy Communities Video

The Energy Communities IWG has spent the last two years supporting energy communities and workers across the country as they navigate energy and economic transitions. Learn more in our new video!

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 Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Events & Additional Resources

  • Kentucky Area Development Districts Event at Murray State
    Wednesday, July 26, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT
    Murray State University, Murray, KY
    Join the Energy Communities IWG, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Delta Regional Authority for a training session to help Kentucky communities prepare projects that would be eligible for HB 9 funding.

  • Four Corners Rapid Response Team (RRT) Virtual Community Update
    Wednesday, July 26, 1-3 p.m. MT
    Join RRT leaders for a virtual community update on activities that have occurred over the last year, perspectives from the region, and information about upcoming events.
  • Energy Transition Webinar Series
    Webinar 3: Energy Community Support, Friday, July 28th, 12 p.m. CT
    Co-hosted by the University of Illinois Extension, Prairie Rivers Network and Just Transition Fund, this webinar series will explore state and federal opportunities related to the clean energy transition.

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.

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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