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In the Region This Week: May 26
ARC's POWER team wraps up a Regional Workshop tour across five states; West Alabama Works mobile training unit hits the road; and coal miners consider pharmacy school.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Study to Evaluate Highway System's Impact on the Appalachian Economy
The study will look at how the Appalachian Development Highway System's development has affected economic growth in Appalachia, as well as the future economic benefits and costs of completing the system. The first volume of the study, which summarizes previously published ADHS impact studies, is now available; the full report will be published in December 2016.  Read volume 1

In the Region This Week: May 19
Building Appalachia's economy through infrastructure investments; Appalachia Funders Network creates progress through partnership; Ohio team works to revive region's manufacturing industry; Kentucky high school recognized as a National Silver Medal School.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

Legislative Update: Senate Approves FY 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Legislation Providing $151 Million for ARC
Approved by the Senate on May 12, the legislation provides $5 million more than the Commission received in FY 2016. The funding total includes $50 million for the administration's POWER Initiative to help coal-impacted communities.  More

In the Region This Week: May 12
Millions in new capital for CDFIs will boost small business in Appalachia; Rural Impact County Challenge to help rural communities address child poverty; and restoring Appalachia's forests.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

POWER Initiative Webinar Series to Continue through June 1
Register now for the final webinar in a biweekly series ARC is holding this spring to offer help with planning and applying for POWER Initiative grant funding. The June 1 webinar will cover frequently asked questions on the POWER Initiative.  Learn more and register

In the Region This Week: May 5
Celebrating National Small Business Week in Appalachia, starting a community-solar cooperative in Virginia, and an Ohio mill comes back to life.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

POWER Technical Assistance Support Available for Appalachia's Coal-Impacted Communities
ARC is now accepting applications for technical assistance through the 2016 POWER Initiative to help Appalachia's coal-impacted communities with economic development planning, assessment activities, and capacity building to create a more vibrant economic future. $1.2 million is available through this technical assistance effort, which complements the $45 million available through ARC's POWER Initiative implementation grants. Learn more