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Photo of Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership that works for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia.



National Entrepreneurship Challenge Focuses on Rural Entrepreneurs and Innovations; Applications Due September 15
The American Farm Bureau Federation's Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs and business innovations cultivated in rural regions of the United States. Participants will compete for up to $30,000 and technical assistance to help them implement their business concepts.  News brief

Registration Now Open for August 18 "Made in Rural America" Export and Investment Forum in Birmingham
As part of the White House Rural Council's Made in Rural America export and investment initiative, ARC will host a regional forum in Birmingham, Alabama, on opportunities and resources to help expand rural trade and investment. Registration is free.  More information

ARC Seeks Proposals for Program Evaluation of Telecommunications and Technology Projects
ARC invites proposals from researchers and consultants to conduct a large-scale program evaluation of its telecommunications and technology projects funded in fiscal years 2004 through 2010. The evaluation's primary goal is to determine the extent to which telecommunications and technology projects have contributed to the attainment of ARC's economic development objectives. Proposals are due on or before August 21.  Request for proposals (PDF: 100 KB)

ARC Launches "Bon Appétit Appalachia" Tourism Mapguide
Cover of summer 2014 issue of <i>Food Traveler Magazine</i>, which
includes ARC's new <i>Bon Apptit Appalachia</i> tourism mapguide.Published in the summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler Magazine, the new "Bon Appétit Appalachia" local-food mapguide showcases 283 of the Region's most distinctive food destinations, including local farms, farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, and other culinary attractions. The mapguide is also available as an interactive feature at  Press release

Kentucky SOAR Extends Search for First Executive Director
The Commonwealth of Kentucky has extended its search for an executive director to lead the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, established by Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers in 2013 to help eastern Kentucky create local development strategies addressing persistent challenges and realizing new opportunities. Applications for the position will now be accepted through August 15.   News brief

Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
On July 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation containing $80.317 million for ARC's fiscal year 2015 nonhighway programs. This amount is level with ARC's FY 2014 funding.  Legislative update

White House Rural Council Announces New "Local Food, Local Places" Initiative in Forum on Regional Food Economies
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl joined USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on June 9 in announcing the new Local Food, Local Places initiative supporting local food system development in rural communities. The announcement was made during a White House Rural Council forum on local food systems' emerging role as economic drivers in rural communities and the federal resources available to support their development.  News brief

Report Provides Expanded Data Overview of the Appalachian Region
ARC has issued the Population Reference Bureau's 2014 data overview of the Appalachian Region, based on the 2008–2012 American Community Survey. This annually published report provides state- and county-level information on a range of data topics, including population, age, race and ethnicity, employment, and income and poverty. New topics included in this year's report are health insurance coverage, disability status, veteran status, and poverty by age group.  Read the report