U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $691,420 in American Rescue Plan Funds for Renovations to Support a New Workforce Training Center in Marion, North Carolina
Award is Part of the Department of Commerce’s $300 million Coal Communities Commitment
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $691,420 grant to McDowell Technical Community College, Marion, North Carolina, to increase workforce training opportunities and diversify the economy in a region impacted by the declining use of coal. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan and EDA’s $300 million Coal Communities Commitment.
This grant will help to renovate the historic Old Fort building to establish a workforce training center that will provide courses and certification in manufacturing, construction, and trail development. The EDA investment will be matched with $483,680 in local funds.
“The Economic Development Administration is dedicated to working with communities to support their locally-driven strategies to recover and rebuild from the pandemic,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “McDowell Technical Community College’s new workforce training center will help local workers gain the skills they need to compete for good paying jobs while supporting local industries that are helping to diversify the local economy.”
“Workforce training programs are preparing students to take on the jobs of tomorrow,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “This investment for McDowell Technical Community College will strengthen our workforce and boost our economy.”
This project is funded under EDA’s American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance program, which makes $500 million in Economic Adjustment Assistance grants available to American communities. The Economic Adjustment Assistance program is EDA’s most flexible program, and grants made under this program will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs.
EDA’s Coal Communities Commitment allocates $300 million of EDA’s $3 billion American Rescue Plan appropriation to support coal communities as they recover from the pandemic and to help them create new jobs and opportunities, including through the creation or expansion of a new industry sector. Specifically, EDA has dedicated $100 million of its Build Back Better Regional Challenge funds and $200 million of its Economic Adjustment Assistance funds to directly support coal communities. Effective May 26, 2022, EDA has officially closed all of its American Rescue Plan programs for applications. The $3 billion program funding will be awarded on a rolling basis through September 30, 2022.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.