Federal Funding For Coal Communities

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As the United States’ coal industry continues to decline, federal funding for the transition of communities affected by the declining coal industry is flowing to these areas. This money supports local community development and economic revitalization, while addressing the unique challenges that these communities face. The program also assists areas with historically high levels of coal production by providing capital investments, re-employment opportunities, and workforce development. Applicants for the program are not corporations or for-profit entities, but rather community-based groups.

Coal Communities

The Obama administration has created the White House Interagency Working Group to support the transition of coal communities to a clean energy future. The working group has a range of roles and is charged with helping coal communities identify federal financial resources and promote economic recovery. The work of this group includes many of President Obama’s policy advisors and cabinet members. In 2016, President Biden established the Interagency Working Group to address the challenges facing coal and power plant communities.

In a report released in March 2012, the Interagency Working Group identified 25 coal communities as having been hit the hardest by power plant closures. It recommends a number of actions that can help coal communities compete with other industries for federal stimulus dollars. These initiatives will support jobs and local economic development. In addition, the Wyoming Energy Authority and the Wyoming Business Council are working to coordinate federal resources to support the state’s efforts in addressing the energy crisis.

The National Economic Transition Platform is a comprehensive set of recommendations to support coal communities. It calls for federal assistance in infrastructure, broadband internet, and renewable energy projects. The National Economic Transition Platform lays out the federal strategy for transitioning communities. Despite the challenges of coal-dependent communities, the platform represents a welcome step in the right direction for the President. There is a great deal to be gained from this approach. It is a model to consider in this difficult time.

While coal communities may not have experienced a major decline, they are experiencing a new set of challenges. Despite a lack of infrastructure, these communities often lack staff and technical expertise to tackle the challenges. Currently, there is no government-funded grant program in place that can help these communities, but there are federal resources to help those communities. But the government should create a federal agency that will work with the community to identify the best programs for coal-impacted communities and apply for those funds.

The federal government’s new Coal Communities Commitment allocates $300 million in distressed communities. This amount is the largest amount ever allocated to coal-dependent communities and will be vital to creating a sustainable economy in these areas. It will also help provide a pathway to new employment and create a vibrant and equitable community. The new funding will help support infrastructure and job creation in the area, as well as support the transition of these communities from the coal industry.