The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, both based at the University of Pennsylvania, have been awarded an $80,142 grant to help small businesses in the state's coal regions adapt to the transitioning power economy.

The grant is part of the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Power Initiative, a program to invest federal economic and workforce-development resources in communities negatively impacted by changes to coal-reliant industries.

The SBDC and Kleinman said they will pursue  a three-phase process: research; statewide, regional and local input; planning for implementation.