Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $836,332 ARC POWER Grant for Eastern Gateway Community College Training Center
Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced an $836,332 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grant to Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC). The project will establish the Tri-State Gateway to Growth Training Center in Steubenville, OH to serve a 12-county region in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The new training center will educate a competitive workforce for this region in advanced manufacturing (including welding, machining, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, and industrial maintenance), logistics, and energy industries. The area served by the new center has experienced declines in coal mining employment as well as the closure of a coal-fired power plant. Over the three-year grant period at least 650 workers/trainees and 120 students will obtain new positions or enhance their current ones, and six businesses will be improved by the training model. Congressman Ryan sent a letter of support for EGCC’s ARC POWER grant in March 2019.
“This ARC POWER grant will help hundreds of workers and students in Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia get the skills and training they need to be successful in emerging industries. With the closure of GM Lordstown and downturn of the coal economy, there is a ready pool of trainees eager to learn new skills and get back to work. We have a responsibility to ensure our workers and their families are not left behind, and the training center at Eastern Gateway Community College is an integral part in making that happen. I applaud EGCC for receiving this grant and thank ARC for their continued efforts to help our workers, economy and community,” said Congressman Ryan.
“The downturn of the coal market has been devastating to Appalachian communities, especially those that relied on coal extraction and related supply chains for generations. POWER grants are playing a critical role in supporting these communities as they diversify economies, invest in growth-oriented infrastructure, train a next-generation workforce, and ingrain resiliency and hope into their local fabric,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “Ensuring a prosperous future in coal-impacted communities is something Appalachia will do together. I am very proud of the leadership and innovation shown by this round of POWER grantees.”
"The Regional Training Center will allow Eastern Gateway to provide more people with access to technical training and certification to fill the in-demand jobs in our region,” said Dr. Jimmie Bruce, President of Eastern Gateway Community College. “It will also allow us to connect with employers to ensure the skills offered match the need for employment. It is an exciting opportunity for our region and our college.”
The ARC POWER grant for EGCC comes from a larger $44.4 million investment package from ARC aimed to expand and diversify the economy in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities through the POWER Initiative. ARC provided 54 grants which are projected to create or retain over 5,700 jobs, leverage more than $39 million in private investment, create and/or retain 2,940 businesses, and train thousands of workers and students within the broadband, entrepreneurship, substance abuse recovery, tourism and other industry sectors across coal-impacted communities in nine Appalachian states.
POWER is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America's energy production. With today’s announcement, ARC has invested over $190 million in 239 projects touching 326 counties across Appalachia. ARC is working with Chamberlin/Dunn LLC, a third-party research firm, to monitor, analyze, and evaluate these investments.