Coalfield Development is among the 18 organizations in the Appalachian and Delta regions to be awarded funding through the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) grant initiative. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration awarded $29,175,000 total in demonstration grant funds to expand the impact of workforce development efforts.
As announced in a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, grant funds are focused on rural areas negatively impacted by economic transition. WORC grant applicants were able to apply for funding amounts between $150,000 and $2,500,000 for advancing local and regional workforce development solutions aligned with existing economic development strategies. Grantees have designed projects to address the specific skill needs of both businesses and workers in their grant’s service area, located in either the Appalachian region or the Lower Mississippi Delta region, as defined in 40 U.S.C 14102(a)(1), and in 7 U.S.C. 2009aa(2), respectively.
A list of the Appalachian Regional Commission Grantees and the areas they serve are as follows:
Spartanburg Community College
Spartanburg and Cherokee
Research Foundation for SUNY
Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins
West Central Job Partnership, Inc.
OH: Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull
Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, and Nicholas Counties, Inc.
Coalfield Development Corporation
WV: Cabell, Mingo, Lincoln, McDowell, Wayne
University of North Alabama
Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Winston, Lawrence, and Limestone
North Georgia Technical College
Fannin, Franklin, Habersham, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White
Randolph County Housing Authority
Randolph County and the City of Elkins
The Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County
Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins
Goodwill of North Georgia
Cherokee, Clay, and Graham
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