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In the Region This Week: July 21
Maryland breaks ground for improved safety and expanded development potential along I-68; "Made in Rural America" workshops to help boost small-business exports; Appalachian Tennessee communities win grants to enhance local tourism.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Seeks Proposals for Research Study on the Coal Industry Ecosystem in Appalachia
The Commission invites proposals from qualified researchers and consultants to examine the full ecosystem of the coal industry in the Appalachian Region through in-depth quantitative analysis. The research will identify, quantify, analyze, and map data on the coal ecosystem throughout the Region. Proposals are due August 19.
Request for proposals (PDF: 150 KB)

Registration Open for ARC's Aug. 30-31 Conference on Rural Development
The Commission's 2016 annual conference, in Johnson City, Tennessee, will explore how strategic investments are helping Appalachia's rural communities build strong, resilient local economies. An early registration rate is available through August 12.  Learn more and register

In the Region This Week: July 14
Southern Highland Craft Guild showcases crafts of nearly 900 Appalachian artists; Goodwill Job Training and Employment Program serves 95 individuals in six Appalachian counties; New York communities receive free health care through military readiness training event.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Releases Bon Appétit Appalachia! Map Guide to Local Food Businesses in Appalachia
ARC has released Bon Appétit Appalachia!, a searchable online map of local food businesses and entrepreneurs operating in the Appalachian Region. The map includes more than 830 local farms, restaurants, bakeries, breweries, wineries, and festivals in the 13 Appalachian states. An abridged print version of the map is being published in regional Edible Communities magazines in and around the Region.  Press release

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