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Applications Due December 4 for ARC/NEA "Gateway Community" Technical Assistance Workshop
Community teams can apply through December 4 for a three-day regional workshop in Rogersville, Alabama, that will help them develop action plans for capitalizing on their area's unique natural and cultural-heritage resources. The workshop will be held February 9-11 at Joe Wheeler State Park.  More information

Appalachia to Get Boost from First Round of POWER Initiative Investments
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl was joined by state and federal officials October 15 in announcing POWER awards made to six projects in the Region to help diversify economies in areas impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.  Press release

Team Announced to Lead Innovative Community Health Research Project in Appalachia
PDA, Inc., of Raleigh, North Carolina, will be the lead investigator for "Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots," a regional public health research project exploring health outcomes in Appalachian communities. The project is sponsored by ARC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.   Press release

Obama Administration Selects Three Appalachian Communities as Rural IMPACT Demonstration Sites
Berea, Kentucky; Hillsboro, Ohio; and Oakland, Maryland, were selected to participate in the national Rural IMPACT demonstration project to help communities adopt a comprehensive, whole-family framework for addressing child poverty.  News brief

ARC Status During Government Shutdown
In the event of a government shutdown, ARC will continue general operations. The Commission has sufficient funding to remain open for at least three months. It is ARC's intention to continue general operations, which will include reviewing and monitoring projects, and disbursing payments to grantees. With an extended shutdown, details on alternative plans will be provided.  ARC shutdown plan (PDF: 68 KB)

ARC Issues 2015 Data Overview of Appalachian Region
ARC has issued the Population Reference Bureau's 2015 data overview of the Appalachian Region, based on the 2009-2013 American Community Survey. This annually published report provides state- and county-level information on a range of data topics, including population, race and ethnicity, education, employment, income and poverty, health insurance coverage, and disability status. This year's report also includes a new "degree field" education topic.  Read the report