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Governor Tomblin Announces National Emergency Grant Funding to Support Displaced Mine Workers

Press Release

Location: Charleston, WV

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced WorkForce West Virginia will receive supplemental funding in the amount of $ 5,639,376 in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds from the U. S. Department of Labor to continue providing services to workers affected by layoffs and mine closures occurring within West Virginia's coal mining industry. The supplemental funding is in addition to the $1.8 million allotted to serve displaced mine workers in 2012.

"Layoffs and mine closures are frustrating for our miners and their families -- they depend on their jobs to keep food on the table and a roof overhead," Gov. Tomblin said. "This additional funding, combined with the original grant award, will allow us to provide re-employment services and job training opportunities to 700 mine workers."

"This additional funding extends the grant through December 31, 2016 and will allow continued reemployment and retraining services to coal miners impacted by mass layoffs and mine closures," said Russell L. Fry, acting executive director of WorkForce West Virginia.

National Emergency Grants are part of the Secretary of Labor's discretionary fund. For more information, visit

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