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Appalachian Regional Commission Awards $1.5 Million for Food Sector Workforce Expansion

Monday, October 17, 2022 – The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a grant of $1,500,000 to Appalachian Sustainable Development for the Food Sector Workforce Expansion in Central Appalachia project. Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement:

“Workforce development in the food sector can help connect people to jobs and food to people. ARC’s award of $1.5 million to expand the food sector workforce will benefit our economy and quality of life.”


Further Information

According to ARC, the project will seek to benefit rural communities in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, West Virginia, and Southeast Ohio through workforce development and strengthening the food sector. It is expected to serve 125 businesses; improve 88 businesses; create 40 businesses, 53 jobs and one plan; serve 310 workers/trainees; improve 35 workers/trainees; and leverage $965,000 of private investment.

This grant is awarded through ARC’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative directing funding to coal-impacted communities.