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Director’s Update – June 16, 2023

Dear Energy Community Supporter,

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization (Energy Communities IWG) is committed to ensuring no energy community or worker is left behind in America’s transition to a clean energy economy. Please read on for important federal funding deadlines, available grants, events and webinars, and a success story out of Wyoming.

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Overcoming Common Infrastructure Challenges Webinar – Part 1

Mark your calendars for an upcoming Energy Communities IWG webinar addressing ways to overcome common infrastructure challenges in energy communities. This webinar will take place on June 29 at 2 p.m. EDT and highlight available funding for transportation and electric grid infrastructure from the U.S. Departments of Transportation, and Energy.

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.

Appalachian Regional Commission

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Events & Additional Resources

  • Invest.gov
    This website provides an interactive map that illustrates the impact of record-breaking levels of public and private investment across states and territories under the Biden Administration.
  • Minnesota Energy Transition Summit
    Monday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT
    Join the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development’s Office of Energy Transition for the Minnesota Energy Transition Summit. This event is targeted for communities that have impacted facilities as defined in Minnesota State Statute 116J.5491.

Success Story

University of Wyoming’s business incubator program, IMPACT 307, has helped create and launch more than 200 businesses since 2005, mainly through community startup pitch competitions. It helps connect entrepreneurs to the resources and support needed to launch their business. The program was originally founded through a $1.6 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) investment.

While the program has primarily been serving entrepreneurs in Laramie, Casper, and Sheridan, last year, the program received another EDA grant for $2.4 million to expand into more rural areas, including the state’s energy communities. It now serves clients through a hybrid-virtual and in-person structure.

The University of Wyoming is partnering with eight community colleges across the state to tailor the support for each community’s needs. Through the expanded resources, IMPACT 307 will expand its program from six pitch competitions to 12 to 14.

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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