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Appalachian Apps: Transforming the Region's Economy Conference
Registration Open through October 6 for ARC's 2015 Annual Conference
The October 14-15 conference will showcase effective approaches to addressing key development issues facing Appalachian communities today; sessions will focus on local models for increasing access to broadband, supporting employer-driven workforce development, and engaging the Region's next generation of leaders. The conference will be held in Somerset, Kentucky.  More information

ARC Announces Investment to Provide Equipment, Support for North Carolina's Textile Industry
On National Manufacturing Day, October 2, ARC announced $300,000 in grants for state-of-the-art equipment and support for the Manufacturing Solutions Center, a division of Catawba Valley Community College in Burke County, North Carolina; Industrial Commons; and the Carolina Textile District, a Morganton-based network of small and medium-sized textile and apparel manufacturers. The investment will help strengthen North Carolina textile manufacturers' global competitiveness.  Press release

Obama Administration Selects Three Appalachian Communities as Rural IMPACT Demonstration Sites
Berea, Kentucky; Hillsboro, Ohio; and Oakland, Maryland, were selected to participate in the national Rural IMPACT demonstration project to help communities adopt a comprehensive, whole-family framework for addressing child poverty.  News brief

ARC Status During Government Shutdown
In the event of a government shutdown, ARC will continue general operations. The Commission has sufficient funding to remain open for at least three months. It is ARC's intention to continue general operations, which will include reviewing and monitoring projects, and disbursing payments to grantees. With an extended shutdown, details on alternative plans will be provided.  ARC shutdown plan (PDF: 68 KB)

ARC and NEA to Offer Technical Assistance Workshops for Appalachian "Gateway" Communities
The three-day regional workshops in Berea, Kentucky, and Rogersville, Alabama, will help community teams develop action plans for capitalizing on their area's unique natural and cultural-heritage resources. The workshop application deadline is October 6.  More information

Kentucky Launches Development of Statewide Broadband Network
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers at Hazard Community and Technical College on August 31 to launch the development of KentuckyWired, a statewide broadband network that will provide affordable, reliable high-speed Internet connectivity across the state.  News brief

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