Thursday, October 15, 2015

West Virginia receiving more than $1.5m in POWER grants

(AP) — West Virginia is receiving more than $1.5 million in funds aimed at softening the blow of the state's battered coal economy.

The so-called POWER funding announced Wednesday draws upon the resources of several federal agencies and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

One of the biggest grants is headed to the town of Union for a water project. That grant totals $826,000. Another grant, totaling $600,000, is going to the Coalfield Development Corp. to promote economic diversification.

Among the smaller grant recipients, the Southern Appalachia Law School is receiving $36,000 to size up possible re-use of abandoned and reclaimed surface mines.

POWER stands for the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce Economic Revitalization. The funding is used for economic and workforce development in regions laid low by changing energy economies.