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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

Obama Administration Requests $120 Million for ARC for FY 2017
The president's fiscal year 2017 budget request for ARC includes $50 million for the multiagency POWER Initiative, which targets federal resources to help coal-impacted communities diversify their economies, create jobs, and attract new sources of investment.   Press release
 
 

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is Named 2016 ARC States' Co-Chair
Haslam was selected by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the Commission's states' co-chair for 2016.  Press release
 
 

Appalachian Communities Receive 2016 Local Foods, Local Places Initiative Awards
Six Appalachian communities are among the 27 awardees nationwide who will receive technical support to integrate local food into their community development strategies to help create economic opportunity, improve access to healthy local food, and revitalize rural downtowns and main streets.   Press release
 
 

Application Period Open for 2016 ARC-ORNL Summer Science Programs
Application materials are now available for two ARC-Oak Ridge National Laboratory learning programs to be held in summer 2016: a high school math-science-technology institute for students and teachers, and a middle school science academy for students. Both programs are all expenses paid and offer the opportunity to work with world-class scientists. Application deadlines vary by state from early to mid March.   Application information
 
 

Legislative Update: President Obama Signs FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation
Signed on December 18, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, provides a total of $146 million for ARC.  Legislative update
 
 

ARC Hosts 120 Student Leaders at 2015 Appalachian Teaching Project Conference
Students and faculty representing 15 Appalachian colleges and universities participated in the 15th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference December 4–5, hosted by ARC. ATP helps build youth leadership by giving students the opportunity to develop applied research projects on emerging development issues in Appalachia and present their work to peers and leaders at an annual symposium.  Press release