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Innovation Challenge Program for Coal-Reliant Communities
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11/18/2015 to 11/20/2015
When: 11/18/2015
Where: Charleston, WV

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Apply Now!Innovation Challenge Program for
Coal-Reliant Communities Workshop
(Charleston, WV- November 18-20)

Is your county or region experiencing economic challenges due to the contraction of the coal industry? Searching for tools and resources related to economic diversification, job creation, or workforce training? If so, consider applying to attend a workshop this fall that addresses all of these topics and more. The National Association of Counties and the NADO Research Foundation, with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, are pleased to announce the third and final workshopbeing hosted in 2015 to support counties and regions impacted by the contraction of the coal industry. The goal of each workshop is to help boost the innovative potential of coal-reliant counties and regions seeking to grow and diversify their economies.


Counties and regions are asked to form teams to apply to attend the next workshop in Charleston, West Virginia, scheduled for November 18-20. Teams that submit winning applications will be selected to attend the three-day training and workshop - facilitated by expert practitioners - and receive pre- and post-event support from NADO and NACo staff. These workshops will be structured to guide counties and regions to design solutions tailored to their communities' needs and identify implementable projects. The application to attend the Charleston workshop is now open and will remain open untilSeptember 23 at 5:00 pm ET.


Please note that this program is not limited to coal-producingcounties and regions.Placesthat are home to coal-fired power plants, coal processing facilities, and transportationhubs are encouraged to apply.This opportunity is open to applicable counties and regions nationwide.


For More Information:

  • For more information about the Innovation Challenge program, including eligibility, workshop dates and locations, and FAQs, see the program webpage.
  • To apply, fill out and submit the form located under the 'Application' tab here bySeptember 23 at 5:00 pm ET.
  • Questions?Contact Brett Schwartz at




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