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Director’s Update – October 3, 2023

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. 

Energy Communities IWG Announces Launch of Appalachia Ohio Rapid Response Team

The Energy Communities IWG announced the launch of a Rapid Response Team (RRT) in Appalachian Ohio at the 3rd Annual Appalachia Forward Conference held September 27, 2023. The Appalachia Ohio RRT, led by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), will assist regional stakeholders in coordinating federal resources to navigate the economic and energy transition in the region. The Appalachia Ohio RRT will work directly with local and state leaders to help communities and workers navigate and access federal funding and technical assistance through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.  

Learn more here. 

Economic Revitalization in Pennsylvania’s Energy Communities

Energy Communities IWG will host an event at Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania on October 20 to highlight federal opportunities that can help catalyze economic development in the state’s energy communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with federal officials to share challenges their community faces and identify solutions to address those needs.  

Learn more. 

Success Stories Webpage

The Energy Communities IWG has officially launched its Success Stories webpage! Serving as the hub for energy communities’ achievements during times of economic transformation, this page will highlight the efforts of these communities to boost their economies and citizens’ lives for years to come.  

Read more here. 

New Funding Opportunities & Announcements

  • U.S. Department of Transportation Thriving Communities Program
    DOT is accepting applications for its FY23 Thriving Communities Program (TCP). TCP provides technical assistance, planning and capacity building support to teams of community partners to scope, fund, and develop infrastructure projects that advance broader community goals. 

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. To learn more about how to navigate the Energy Communities IWG Clearinghouse, click here 

Appalachian Regional Commission 

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 the Interior 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

Events & Additional Resources

  • White House Technical Assistance Guide
    The White House deployed a Technical Assistance Guide to make it easier for communities across the country to navigate, access and deploy infrastructure, climate resilience and clean energy funding. The guide provides information about more than 100 federal technical assistance programs. 
  • Brushy Fork 2023 Leadership Summit
    The 2023 Brushy Fork Leadership Summit, Leading Through Resilience: Imagining the Future, will be held November 2-3 at Berea College. This two-day gathering will feature intensive workshop tracks and information for non-profit development. Registration is open. 

Success Story

Downtown Pineville Revitalization Panel
Courtesy Downtown Pineville

Pineville, Kentucky is revitalizing its downtown. The town is one of many areas that has felt the impact of the coal industry decline and has been looking for ways to keep jobs flowing and improve the quality of its downtown. Pineville recently rolled out incentives for upkeeping properties and recent renovations, such as that of the local theater that flooded in 1977, to bring life into downtown. Yoga sessions, exercise classes, sip and paints and new restaurants are just the beginning of what has been coming to the area since the revitalization process began. The town is also in the midst of a streetscape project, funded in part by an Appalachian Regional Commission grant. The next phase is expected to include decorative sidewalks, public WIFI, café tables and other tourist amenities that will attract new people to the area.  

Learn more about Downtown Pineville here. 

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

For the latest updates, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. To learn more about funding opportunities, visit the Energy Communities IWG Clearinghouse. Click here to share your success story. 

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