Coalition Lead Applicant: Coalfield Development
Project Title: Appalachian Climate Technologies (ACT Now) Initiative
Region (applicant-defined): West Virginia (25 counties)
Cluster Sector(s): Energy and Resilience
The Appalachian Climate Technology coalition, led by Coalfield Development, seeks to spur job growth in the 25 economically distressed and coal-impacted counties in southern West Virginia. If provided an implementation grant, the coalition aims to combat the environmental effects of coal by supporting the transition from coal to solar power; implementing sustainable reuse projects on abandoned mine sites; investing in innovation zones and centers to create a skilled workforce and provide the infrastructure for manufacturing; creating a climate task force; and developing entrepreneurial programs to support employment in the field of environmentalism.