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POWER Initiative to Assist Communities Affected by Changes in Coal Industry and Power Sector
ARC Executive Director Scott Hamilton joined senior administration officials and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear in announcing the initiative, which will award competitive grants to help impacted communities diversify their economies, create jobs in new or existing industries, and provide skills training.  News brief

President Obama Announces TechHire Initiative to Boost High-Tech Training and Employment
The multi-sector initiative aims to help workers gain the skills needed for and connect with well-paying technology jobs. Eastern Kentucky and Chattanooga, Tennessee, are among the communities nationwide that have committed to developing strategies to expand workers' access to tech jobs.  News brief

ARC-Hosted Roundtable Examines Opportunities, Strategies for Eastern Kentucky's Technology Workforce
The March 4 gathering of workforce and technology leaders identified strengths in the effort to build a competitive technology workforce that can help diversify Appalachian Kentucky's economy.  News brief

ARC 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

Federal Grant Opportunities Available to Support Development of Rural Health Networks
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will promote the development of rural health networks through two pilot programs targeting health-care training and care coordination. Application deadlines are March 31 and April 6.  News brief

Obama Administration Requests $95 Million for ARC for FY 2016
The proposed fiscal year 2016 funding for ARC includes $25 million to implement the multiagency POWER+ Plan to help communities adversely affected by the decline in coal-related jobs diversify their economies and create new employment opportunities.  Press release

ARC Partners with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky on Three-Year "Bright Spots" Health Research Project
The innovative $1 million project will identify successful approaches to improving health outcomes in Appalachian communities to determine best practices that can help reduce the Region's persistent health disparities.  Press release

Eight Appalachian Communities Create "Livable Communities" Action Plans to Develop Local Food Systems
The communities worked with small-town-development experts through the Livable Communities technical assistance program provided by ARC, EPA, and USDA, focused on the development of local food systems as a means of promoting economic diversification and the revitalization of traditional downtowns.  News brief

New Tools for Job Seekers, Employers, and Community Leaders to Help Expand Opportunities for the Long-Term Unemployed
In support of the White House National Economic Council's efforts to improve recruiting and hiring of the long-term unemployed, Deloitte and the Rockefeller Foundation have collaborated to develop a series of handbooks designed to help expand opportunities for these workers. Based on interviews with employers, job seekers, and employment-focused organizations across the United States, the handbooks offer guidance and resources to help job seekers re-tool their job search; empower employers to tap into this talent pool; and enable communities to work together to mitigate this economic challenge. The handbooks are available for download on Deloitte's Web site.