Snyder announces $70,000 in grants to help coal-impacted communities

Funding to help communities with infrastructure projects, including

HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – Greene and Fayette counties will receive a total of $70,000 in funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission to assist them in job creation and economic development, including broadband expansion, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said $50,000 in grant funding was awarded to the Greene County Board of Commissioners for a rural broadband coverage and feasibility study, which will identify county-wide gaps in broadband access and determine the best technology to address them. The Fay-Penn Economic Development Council will receive $20,000 in funds to determine the feasibility of constructing multi-tenant speculative shell buildings at several locations in Fayette County to help attract and accommodate new business development.

“While coal has – and remains – a vital part of my district, it’s no secret that we have been affected by the changes within the energy production sector,” said Snyder. “These grants will allow us to move forward and create new job and economic opportunities in our communities, including expanding broadband access, which will have a huge impact and allow us to better compete in today’s ever-changing economy.”

The ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region, which includes Pennsylvania. Through its POWER Initiative, the ARC has invested over $190 million to help communities and workers have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plants operations, and coal-related supply chain industries.