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Johnson Praises Local ARC POWER Grants

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Marietta, October 8, 2019 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the Appalachian Regional Commission announced a new round of POWER (Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) grants:
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the Appalachian Regional Commission announced a new round of POWER (Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) grants:

“I am thrilled to support this economic investment across Eastern and Southeastern Ohio,” Bill Johnson said. “This funding will support projects designed to create jobs and spur economic opportunity by investing in broadband expansion, substance abuse recovery, manufacturing, tourism, and other industry sectors. ARC is unquestionably a vital source of critical funding for important projects in our region, and I thank them for their continued support.”

Grants which include Ohio’s 6th Congressional District are:

$2,500,000 to Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative: This grant will fund the installation of 168 miles of fiber to create a broadband network reaching unserved and underserved areas, including Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, and Vinton.

$1,496,585 to Shawnee State University: This grant to Shawnee State builds on a previous POWER award, and it expands its geographic footprint and broadens its entrepreneurial training program by incorporating substance abuse recovery support. The Washington County Career Center is a partner in the project.

$1,235,727 to Rural Action: This grant invests in tourism that celebrates the region’s natural, cultural, and entrepreneurial assets, and expands into five counties, including Athens and Monroe. The project’s two major components include constructing of a bike trail in Wayne National Forest and a package of activities to take economic advantage of the trail.

$836,332 to Eastern Gateway Community College: This grant will establish a training center to serve a 12-county region, which will educate a competitive workforce for the region in advanced manufacturing (welding, machining, electronics, hydraulics), logistics, and energy industries.

$618,000 to Washington State Community College: This grant will expand the Robotics & Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) – a training and workforce development program designed to educate workers in advanced manufacturing, automation, robotics, welding, and industrial maintenance. 

$24,500 to Washington Electric Cooperative: This grant will assist the Washington Electric Cooperative for a Broadband Feasibility Study, which will assist WCI with decisions on whether to pursue deployment of broadband services with its member servicer territory.  Through this study, WECI will be able to determine the gaps that exist in the local broadband infrastructure and how to bridge those gaps.

POWER is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal operations.

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