FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2019
North Central Awarded $60,000 ARC POWER Grant
The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission was a recipient of project funding announced by The Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) POWER program. The program is designed to expand and diversify the economy in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative.
ARC’s announcement continues an ongoing commitment for innovative economic development in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas. “Investing in key regional needs now—like comprehensive substance abuse recovery strategies, broadband development, and skilled workforce training—will benefit Appalachia, and the rest of the country, well into the future.”
The North Central project is for the development of a Regional Freight and Mobility Strategic Plan for the six-county region of Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter counties in North Central Pennsylvania. The coal downturn has greatly impacted North Central Pennsylvania, leading to loss of high paying jobs and a declining tax base, as well as supply chain and infrastructure issues. Developed in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, the plan will help impacted communities better understand the freight challenges they face as a result of the coal decline, inventory existing infrastructure and freight assets across transportation modes, and develop strategies to optimize the freight network in support of industry diversification and economic growth.
The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission is a premier regional development organization that serves the public and private sector through a wide range of economic, community, infrastructure, human services, and technology programs for Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter Counties.
Contact: Amy Kessler: 814-773-3162