Senator Bob Casey Secures $17.3 Million in POWER Grants for Pennsylvania Communities

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced today the distribution of $17.3 million in POWER grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission to support 19 projects throughout Pennsylvania. These grants are specifically targeted at counties and organizations within coal communities, with the goal of aiding regions that have confronted economic hardships as a result of the declining coal mining industry.

The funding will be directed toward a diverse array of endeavors, including the expansion of high-speed internet access, workforce training, and the development of small businesses. Senator Casey has consistently advocated for the Appalachian Regional Commission and its mission to provide assistance to these communities.

“Job training programs and high-speed internet access are crucial in today’s digital era,” Senator Casey emphasized. “Through these grants, we are reinforcing the workforce and infrastructure of Pennsylvania’s coal communities, ensuring their competitiveness. I am committed to making sure that our rural communities have a voice in Washington and that our workers continue to be a focal point of our economic strategies.”

Here is a summary of some of the projects and their respective funding:

  1. Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is set to receive $1.4 million for their project titled ‘Building a Competitive Workforce,’ which focuses on enhancing semiconductor manufacturing in the ARC region.
  2. Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation has been granted $1.5 million for the ‘Pitt-Johnstown Future Works’ initiative.
  3. Venango County Economic Development Authority will be provided with $1.457 million to support the growth of restaurant and retail food businesses in Venango County.
  4. Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation will make use of $1,463,222 for their ‘Partners for Creative Economy’ project.
  5. The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Erie has been allocated $1,082,000 to enhance capacity through their ‘Infinite Erie’ project.

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