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ARC Partners with Operation UNITE on 2014 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit
ARC is partnering with Operation UNITE to support the continuing education of medical professionals and community leaders attending the third National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 22-24 in Atlanta, Georgia.  News brief

ARC, EPA, and USDA Announce Winners of 2014 Appalachian Livable Communities Competition
Communities in Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and West Virginia were selected to receive technical assistance and implementation support through the 2014 Appalachian Livable Communities program, which focuses on developing local food systems as a means of revitalizing traditional downtowns and promoting economic diversification.  Press release

Commission Opens Search for Executive Director Candidates
The Commission has posted job specifications and application information for the position of executive director of the agency.  More information

Letters of Intent Due April 30 for TAACCCT Application Development Grants
ARC is offering competitive grants to support the development of applications to the fourth round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multiyear initiative implemented by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade. Approximately $450 million will be awarded through the fourth round of the TAACCCT program. ARC application funds are available to organizations whose proposed projects will serve the Appalachian Region.  More information

Appalachia Funders Network Holds 2014 Annual Meeting
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl spoke on Appalachia's economic transition at the network's fifth annual meeting, held April 1–3 in Athens, Ohio. The network is a group of public and private grant makers that works to promote an entrepreneurial-based Appalachian economy.  More information

Appalachian Business Delegation Will Join "Trade Winds—The Americas" Trade Mission in Bogota
ARC's Export Trade Advisory Council will sponsor a multi-sector Appalachian business delegation to the U.S. Department of Commerce's May 19–21 Trade Winds business development conference and trade mission, focused on countries in South and Central America.  News brief

Report Provides Expanded Data Overview of the Appalachian Region
ARC has issued the Population Reference Bureau's 2014 data overview of the Appalachian Region, based on the 2008–2012 American Community Survey. This annually published report provides state- and county-level information on a range of data topics, including population, age, race and ethnicity, employment, and income and poverty. New topics included in this year's report are health insurance coverage, disability status, veteran status, and poverty by age group.  Read the report

New ARC Study Examines Economic Diversity in Appalachia
The March 2014 ARC-commissioned study Economic Diversity in Appalachia analyzes economic diversity trends in Appalachian counties and sub-regions and offers case studies on diversification strategies used in ten counties in the Region. The study is accompanied by a Web-based tool that provides quantitative information on Appalachian communities' economic diversity. A recording of a March 11 webinar demonstrating use of the tool is available for viewing.  More information