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Registration Now Open for ARC Listening Sessions
ARC will hold a series of listening sessions in the Appalachian Region in May and June as it develops a new strategic plan to guide the Commission's economic and community development efforts over the next five years. Sessions will be held in North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. More information and registration are available at

RFP Issued for Three-Year "Bright Spots" Study on Appalachian Health Conditions
ARC, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, invites proposals from qualified research teams and consultants to document and examine health conditions in Appalachia. The research project will document disparities in health outcomes, investigate the causes of local and regional disparities, and identify "Bright Spots," communities that have better-than-expected health outcomes given their economic status. The RFP is available on the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's Web site.

ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl Honored with Visionary Impact Award
Gohl was recognized by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers on April 7 at the 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit for his leadership in the effort to combat prescription substance abuse.  Press release

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

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.


Appalachia Funders Network 2015 Annual Meeting
April 14–16, 2015

Appalachian Higher Education Network 2015 Spring Meeting
April 20–23, 2015

ARC Strategic Planning Listening Sessions
May 15, 2015: Forest City, NC
May 21, 2015: Starkville, MS
June 4, 2015: Morehead, KY
June 11, 2015: Altoona, PA
June 16, 2015: Morgantown, WV

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