U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Develop a New Workforce Training Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Award is Part of the Department of Commerce’s $300 million Coal Communities Commitment
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3 million grant to the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI), Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, to construct a new workforce training facility. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan and EDA’s $300 million Coal Communities Commitment.
This grant will support the development of a workforce training center that will train workers to compete for good paying jobs in diverse, in-demand industries. The EDA investment will be matched with $1.4 million in local funds and is expected to create 1,095 jobs and retain 1,644 jobs, according to grantee estimates.
“President Biden’s American Rescue Plan offers direct relief to American communities as they work to build a better America for the future,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “This EDA investment will provide the facilities and infrastructure needed to support the growth of new and existing enterprises in a state that has been impacted by the declining use of coal.”
“The Economic Development Administration plays an important role in supporting community-led economic development strategies designed to boost coronavirus recovery and response efforts,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This project will provide CPI with the resources it needs to expand its course offerings and provide training in modern, state-of-the-art facilities.”
“Our success tomorrow depends on the opportunities given to the next generation today,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This $3 million for workforce training through the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology is a down payment on tomorrow’s strong workforce that will power a thriving economy for years to come.”
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.