Administration's POWER Initiative Funds Three Broadband Projects

  • Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER)
WASHINGTON — Three broadband projects were among 36 grants announced as part of President Obama’s effort to assist communities negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector. The grants, which totaled $14,546,457, support partnerships in 12 states and tribal nations that are seeking to build a more diversified and better economic future for their communities, businesses, and workers.

The Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative is an Administration effort, involving multiple federal agencies, with the goal of effectively aligning, leveraging and targeting a range of federal economic and workforce development programs and resources to assist communities negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.

The broadband grants are as follows:

Commonwealth of Kentucky
$1,000,000 EDA grant to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Cabinet for Finance and Administration in Frankfort, KY for the Unleashing the POWER of the I-Way! project. ARC is also awarding $75,000 to this project, and ETA is awarding $2,000,000. The project will maximize the economic development opportunities that emerge from the build out of broadband infrastructure in Eastern Kentucky. It will invest in local Internet access centers and will provide E-Commerce training and community fiber readiness consulting and support. E-Teams will work with industry partnerships, individual companies and entrepreneurs to improve their marketing, product development, production efficiency and process improvement.

Alcoa, TN
$35,000 EDA grant to the East Tennessee Development District in Alcoa, Tenn., for the Campbell County Implementation Plan to Improve Broadband Access. This project will assess the cost and define the recommended project implementation areas for a strategy to improve broadband service in Campbell County.

Montrose, Colorado
$1,257,800 EDA grant to the Region 10 League of Economics Assistance and Planning in Montrose, Colorado for the Broadband Infrastructure Support project. This project will provide Internet service to communities in the region through the purchase of rights of use and installation of fiber infrastructure.

 

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