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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

Investing in Appalachia's Youth Conference banner
Online Registration Open through September 30 for ARC's Investing in Appalachia's Youth Conference
The Commission's 2014 fall conference will explore strategies Appalachian communities can use to engage and support their young people and help reverse youth outmigration. The conference will be held October 8–9 in Florence, Alabama. Online registration is available on the conference Web site.
 
 

ARC, USDA, and Commerce to Host New York Export and Investment Forum September 5
The Cortland forum is one of a series of events taking place across the country to help grow rural economies as part of the White House Rural Council's Made in Rural America export and investment initiative. Sessions will focus on expanding international market opportunities for rural businesses, including value-added agricultural producers. Registration is free.  More information
 
 

Scott T. Hamilton, President and CEO of AdvantageWest, Is Named ARC Executive Director
Hamilton comes to ARC from the AdvantageWest Economic Development Group, a nonprofit organization serving the western region of North Carolina. He will begin his appointment at ARC in September.  Press release
 
 

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
 
 

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 www.visitappalachia.com.  Press release
 
 

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