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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

Obama Administration Announces 2015 Local Foods, Local Places Assistance
Through the second round of the Local Foods, Local Places program, agencies including ARC will provide direct technical support to help communities build strong local food systems to spur economic growth. Applications are due September 15.  Press release
 
 

Applications Due July 10 for ARC POWER Implementation Grants
Appalachian communities can apply to ARC through July 10 for POWER Initiative implementation grants of up to $75,000 each. Part of the up to $35.5 million in implementation funding available from federal agencies, the ARC grants will help communities undertake economic and workforce development activities developed through a region-wide planning process. The POWER Initiative was launched in March to assist communities and workers negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.  More information
 
 

ARC Seeks Proposals for Research Study on Impacts of ADHS Completion
The Commission invites proposals from qualified research teams and consultants to conduct a large-scale research study on the economic and transportation impacts of the completion of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS). Proposals are due July 17, 2015.   Request for proposals (PDF: 500 KB)
 
 

ARC Announces Successful First-Round Investment Closing of Appalachian Community Capital
At the 2015 CGI America meeting on June 10, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl announced the successful first-round investment closing of Appalachian Community Capital, a new central bank for development lenders that will increase the availability of capital to Appalachia's small businesses. More than $15 million in new investment capital has been committed. When fully funded, ACC is expected to leverage $233 million in private bank capital and help create 2,200 jobs.  Press release and video
 
 

Resources Available from EDA Webinar on POWER Initiative Grant Opportunities
On May 27, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the National Association of Development Organizations, and the National Association of Regional Councils hosted a webinar to provide guidance on the competitive grant opportunities available through the administration's POWER Initiative, including $500,000 in implementation grants from ARC. A recording of the webinar and presentation slides are now on the NADO Web site.
 
 

Legislative Update: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill Containing $105 Million for ARC
The legislation provides a total of $105 million for ARC's FY 2016 nonhighway programs, of which $25 million is allocated for the administration's proposed POWER+ Plan to help communities that have been adversely impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.  Legislative update
 
 

ARC Issues 2015 Data Overview of Appalachian Region
ARC has issued the Population Reference Bureau's 2015 data overview of the Appalachian Region, based on the 2009-2013 American Community Survey. This annually published report provides state- and county-level information on a range of data topics, including population, race and ethnicity, education, employment, income and poverty, health insurance coverage, and disability status. This year's report also includes a new "degree field" education topic.  Read the report
 
 

Report Cites Economic Progress and Challenges in Appalachian Region Since 1965
A new ARC research study shows that substantial economic progress has been made in Appalachia since the Commission's inception in 1965 but that significant challenges remain.  Press release