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Trump administration backs down on closing job centers

The Trump administration opted not to close down nine job centers that serve rural areas, including four in Appalachia, after widespread public backlash.

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Advocates for Appalachia in D.C. this week

Meet Laura Miller, Jacob Hannah and Darrell Coker — three Appalachians who traveled to D.C. this week to stand up for their communities and advocate for passage of the RECLAIM Act.

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Appalachian citizens react to Trump administration proposal to close job-training centers

CONTACTS: Adam Wells, Regional Director of Community and Economic Development, adam@appvoices.org, 276-807-8269 Cat McCue, Communications Director, cat@appvoices.org, 434-293-6373 The Department of Labor today published notice in the Federal Register regarding proposed closure of nine federal job-training centers around the country.

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Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia recognized in national competition

Contacts: Chelsea Barnes, New Economy Program Manager chelsea@appvoices.org, 276-207-9636 Cat McCue, Communications Director cat@appvoices.org, 434-293-6373 The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office has recognized the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia in a national competition that supports community groups

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KY plans to spend Abandoned Mine Land Pilot funds on a federal prison

Google map showing relationship of mines to USP Letcher site

The state of Kentucky intends to use Abandoned Mine Land Pilot funds to build water and sewer lines for a proposed federal prison, a project that does not support true economic renewal or justice.

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RECLAIM Act back in Congress

The bill to expedite spending of $1 billion in coal-impacted communities to repurpose old mine sites for new economic projects has been reintroduced into Congress with bipartisan support.

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Southwest Va. group plans for more solar energy in coal region

CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes New Economy Program Manager Appalachian Voices chelsea@appvoices.org (276) 207-9636 The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia is seeking bids for 12 solar projects totalling 2.73 megawatts of energy generation as part of its Commercial-Scale Group Purchase Program. The

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Projects to reclaim old coal sites get $10 million in federal grants

Ten economic development projects in Southwest Virginia have been selected to receive $10 through the Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Program, including a multi-use trail and a commercial solar farm.

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Southwest Virginia awarded grants for innovative coal mine reclamation projects

CONTACT Chelsea Barnes New Economy Program Manager chelsea@appvoices.org, (276) 207-9636 Norton, Va. — Ten community revitalization projects that will reclaim old coal mining sites in Southwest Virginia will receive $10 million in grant money administered by the Virginia Department of

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Good – and not-so-good – mine reclamation projects

Congress has funded “pilot” projects to repurpose old coal sites in Appalachia for three years; the results show a clear need for a strong RECLAIM Act grounded in community-driven goals and environmental cleanup.

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