has been awarded this year by the Obama administration to 71 projects that aim to aid workers displaced from coal company bankruptcies and create new industries in these areas. The funding is available through the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative.
of that corpus was released on Wednesday to 13 coal-producing states to help them cope with the decline of the coal industry, driven by the move toward cleaner energy. Some of the recipients and initiatives include:
University of Utah will receive to test whether technology to convert coal into carbon fiber materials can be used in different industries.
Friends of Southwest Virginia, a nonprofit group, will receive to boost the burgeoning tourism industry in the once prolific coal region.
Wise County, Virginia, will get to train workers for jobs in the emerging drone industry.