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Deluzio Announces $100,000 to Support Workforce Development at Shippingport Industrial Park

By February 5, 2024No Comments

Article Adapted From: deluzio.house.gov | January 23, 2024

CARNEGIE, PA — Today, Congressman Chris Deluzio (PA-17) announced that Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development is one of eight local government and non-profit organizations selected to receive $100,000 in funding and technical assistance toward repurposing existing energy facilities, equipment, and infrastructure. This grant will help develop the multi-hundred-acre Shippingport Industrial Park (the former Bruce Mansfield Power Plant site) to create a new epicenter for Beaver County and the greater Pittsburgh region, targeting the manufacturing, energy, construction, and transportation/warehousing sectors.

“I am thrilled to announce this $100,000 grant to Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development to help revitalize our community’s energy assets and support great jobs in Western Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Deluzio. “The local initiatives funded through this program will help drive regional economic growth and technological innovation, leaning on our highly trained Western Pennsylvania workers. I am excited that this federal investment will grow new jobs and opportunities in areas like technology development and advanced manufacturing at the old Bruce Mansfield Power Plant site in Shippingport.”

“When the Shippingport Industrial Park was the Bruce Mansfield Power Plant it had been a key economic generator for Beaver County,” said Lew Villotti, President of Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development. “With the Congressman’s support, and with the experience and expertise of our private sector partner and current facility owner the Frontier Group, this grant will help make this former power generating facility become not just an economic success story for Beaver County, but the entire Western Pennsylvania community.”

Beaver County has a heightened level of interest from prospects interested in sites for advanced manufacturing, AI and data, and EV components to name a few. However, Western Pennsylvania has a limited real estate portfolio of mega sites to meet the prospect demand. From a county economic development perspective, it is critical that the Shippingport Industrial Park, formerly the Bruce Mansfield Power Generation Plant, be readied, along with the region’s workforce, to secure the prospects interested in locating in Beaver County.  This award will fund a planning process that will allow both the owner (Frontier Group of Companies) and the region to proceed in a deliberate and planned way to optimize the economic impact of the site.

“Western Pennsylvania has a heightened level of interest from prospects interested in mega sites for advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence and data, and electric vehicle components to name a few,” said David Franjoine, CEO, Frontier Group of Companies. “This award helps Beaver County prepare and sustain a workforce necessary to fill the positions we foresee on our mega site as we repurpose this former coal powered facility.”

The Capacity Building for Repurposing Energy Assets initiative will assist communities like Shippingport where a significant portion of the local economy has historically been supported by energy assets and accompanying equipment and infrastructure. This funding will help the communities build technical capacity and develop a workforce necessary to help revitalize energy systems, address environmental impacts, and tackle challenges associated with energy assets that have been retired, or are slated for retirement.

This effort advances the Department of Energy’s mission of minimizing environmental and climate impacts of energy systems and industrial processes, working to achieve net-zero emissions across our economy, all while prioritizing labor and community engagement. The Capacity Building for Repurposing Energy Assets initiative is providing these communities access to planning and other resources they need to develop a clean energy roadmap—giving them the chance to be active participants in crafting their own economic future.

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