In early January, thirteen of the groups that collaborated on the creation of the platform sent recommendations to the Biden Administration. We outlined early steps the new Administration should take to begin implementing the platform’s proposals, including the creation of a White House Office of Economic Transition, a coal community task force, and increased funding to transition programs. The NET platform is built out of community-driven solutions to spur sustainable and equitable economic growth that are ready to be scaled up with federal investment and support. To start doing that, the Administration must start somewhere. Our recommendations provide that starting point.
- Connect the interagency working group to the breadth of groups and resources that support the NET platform and economic development work in coal communities all over the country.
- Focus on economic development, workforce development, infrastructure, and community transition planning solutions— like training for clean energy careers, investment in broadband, and support for local entrepreneurs — as a central part of their work.
- Immediately increase funding for programs that support these solutions.
- Create a White House Office of Economic Transition that engages affected communities and workers as active partners.