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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

Legislative Update: President Obama Signs FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation
Signed on December 16, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, provides a total of $90 million for ARC's fiscal year 2015 nonhighway programs.  Legislative update

ARC Seeks Proposals for Assistance with Strategic Plan Development
ARC seeks contractual support for a qualified team of planners, facilitators, and writers to assist the Commission with development of a new strategic plan. The selected contractor(s) will work closely with ARC and its local and state partners to shape the effort over the course of a nine-month period beginning in January 2015.  Request for proposals (PDF: 100 KB)

Eight Appalachian Communities are Winners of National "Local Foods, Local Places" Grant Competition
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl joined USDA and EPA officials December 3 in announcing the eight winning Appalachian communities, which will receive technical assistance and implementation support to help them integrate local food systems into their economic development action plans.  Press release

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

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.