Obama hands out $14.5 billion to help coal workers


The White House will give out more than $14.5 billion in awards and grants to 36 groups in 12 states to help communities that have been hurt by changes in the coal and energy sectors.

According to a White House fact sheet released Thursday, President Obama's administration will hand out $14,546,457 for partnerships in 12 states and tribal nations. The grants and awards are coming through the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization, or POWER, initiative.

The program aims to retrain coal workers for work in another field.

The grant awards include $1.2 million to turn a former school into a substance abuse treatment center for women in Kentucky, $1.3 million to improve Internet connections near Montrose, Colo., $2 million to the states of Ohio and Kentucky to retrain displaced coal workers and $600,000 to help West Virginia farmers increase agricultural production at surface mine sites.

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