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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

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
 
 

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
 
 

Rural Appalachian Communities Receive Free Health Care through Army Readiness Training Event
Residents of rural communities in the western North Carolina region received free medical, dental, vision, and veterinary services June 2–12 through the Appalachian Care Medical Mission, a U.S. Army innovative readiness training event supported by ARC.  News brief
 
 

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
 
 

ARC Hosts First "Made in Rural America" Regional Export Forum
As part of the White House Rural Council's Made in Rural America export and investment initiative, ARC hosted a regional forum in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on June 4 on opportunities and resources to help expand rural businesses' international market opportunities.   More information
 
 

Northwest Georgia Region and Tennessee Valley Designated As "Manufacturing Communities" in National IMCP Competition
The two Appalachian communities are among 12 nationwide that were recognized through the federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative, which aims to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in American communities.  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