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ARC to Participate in Next Phase of IMCP Initiative Supporting "Manufacturing Communities"
On October 31, the Obama administration announced the next phase of competition under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, which aims to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in American communities. The competition will designate additional "Manufacturing Communities" across the country, giving them priority in consideration for federal funding and coordinated assistance from ARC and other agencies.  News brief

AACC Hosts Webinar for Appalachian Community Colleges on Registered Apprenticeship Program Funding
The American Association of Community Colleges' November 5 webinar provided information to Appalachian community colleges on the U.S. Department of Labor's Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium initiative and anticipated upcoming funding opportunities for Registered Apprenticeship programs. A recording of the webinar is now available for viewing.

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.

Appalachian Governors Name New ARC States' Washington Representatives
As the governors' new Washington-based representatives to the Commission, Jim McCleskey and James Hyland will work with congressional principals to represent the Appalachian states' economic development goals and provide counsel on policy matters related to the Region and to ARC.  Press release

Report Examines College Completion Metrics in Appalachia
ARC has issued a new report that analyzes college completion metrics for the Appalachian Region, compares outcomes of students attending campuses inside and outside of the Region, and discusses stumbling blocks to college completion in Appalachia.  Report details

ARC and State of Alabama Hold October 8–9 "Investing in Appalachia's Youth" Conference
The Commission's 2014 fall conference in Florence, Alabama, explored strategies Appalachian communities can use to engage and support their young people and help reverse youth outmigration.  More information

ARC, USDA, and Commerce Host New York Export and Investment Forum
The September 5 forum in Cortland was 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 focused on expanding international market opportunities for rural businesses, including value-added agricultural producers.  More information