The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently awarded more than $4 million to six projects in Pennsylvania as part of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Revitalizing Workforce and Economy (initiative.
The funding will support projects that improve communities and economic vitality and will include economic development, entrepreneurship, substance use disorder treatment and training programs.
The Tri-County Workforce Investment Board received $1.1 million for Steamfitter’s advanced employment and training program.
The Somerset County Foundation for Higher Education received $845,043 for opioid education for allied health professionals.
Westmoreland County Community College received $669,625 for Tristate Pathways 2.0: Connecting to the Right Skills and Jobs aka TEAM Pathways 2.0: Connections that Work.
The Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission received $509,948 for the Alleghenies contract.
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has received $500,000 for the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program.
The University of Pittsburgh was awarded $490,487 for the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information Applied Data Methods Certificate.
“Supporting coal-affected communities in Pennsylvania is vitally important; the success of the Appalachian region impacts the entire Commonwealth,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “The six ARC-funded projects will generate new economic opportunities to help improve the quality of life for area residents and further strengthen Pennsylvania’s reputation as a better place to live, work and play.”