(Centre Square) — The 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission announced Monday that it will spend $1 billion over the next five years on a grant program called the Appalachian Regional Initiative for Economic Strengthening.
spending is $1.2 Trillion Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Actwill become law in 2021.
The grants are designed to facilitate in-state projects that support the economy of the Appalachian region, with specific grants such as supporting coal-affected communities and supporting projects addressing substance abuse disorder and recovery. Focused.
The region includes 423 counties in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is included.
“ARISE is an innovative program that will spur further economic recovery as we work together to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” said ARC Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland’s co-chair. increase. “The Appalachian region is full of untapped potential, and we believe ARISE is the jump start needed to increase economic opportunity for millions of citizens across the region.”
The program seeks proposals that are “strategic, impactful, collaborative, and sustainable,” and “large-scale regional economic transformation through multistate collaborative projects across Appalachia.”
plan Application and approval It will continue for 5 years.
Projects must meet at least one of five priorities.