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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

ARC Issues Reports on Water and Forest Resources in Appalachia
Part of a long-term research objective to understand Appalachia's natural assets, the two reports include inventories of the assets, analysis of their value and use, assessments of their potential contribution to economic development in the Region, and frameworks to help with planning their best use. The assessments' primary goal is to provide information that will encourage sustainable management of these assets across the Region.  See report details: water resources assessment and forest resources assessment

Application Materials Now Available for ARC-ORNL 2015 Summer Science Programs
ARC-ORNL summer science program student participants Applications are being accepted for the summer 2015 ARC-Oak Ridge National Laboratory high school math-science-technology institute for students and teachers, and the middle school science academy for students. Both programs are all expenses paid and offer the opportunity to work with world-class scientists. Application deadlines vary by state from early to mid March.  Application information

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.