CNX Resources Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, has announced a six-year, $30 million commitment in support of underserved communities in the Appalachian Basin region.
Investments made under the commitment are expected to generate sustainable, long-term economic returns in areas such as food security; the health and well-being of children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities; broadband and information technology access; criminal justice and recidivism; domestic violence awareness and services; opioids and their impact on communities; career awareness and technical/vocational training; and water quality safety and awareness.
Initial projects supported by the commitment include $1 million to support broadband access in rural Greene County, Pennsylvania; $400,000 to provide career training for students and graduates of a recently announced regional mentorship academy; $200,000 to the Jerome Bettis Cyber Bus Project to address technology needs in disadvantaged school districts; and $100,000 to the House of Life of Pittsburgh in support of re-entry services for formerly incarcerated citizens.
"While everyone is talking about sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) these days, too few are delivering tangible and measurable results," said CNX president and CEO Nicholas J. DeIuliis. "We are on a mission to change the trajectory of our region and to improve the lives of our neighbors in communities left behind by a system focused on talk and abstract concepts rather than real outcomes. This commitment is not about words; it's about the people who make western Pennsylvania and the broader Appalachian region such a special place to live, work, and raise a family."