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Aspire Appalachia: Collaborations in Rural Development conference
Registration Open for ARC's Aug. 30-31 Conference on Rural Development
The Commission's 2016 annual conference, in Johnson City, Tennessee, will explore how strategic investments are helping Appalachia's rural communities build strong, resilient local economies. An early registration rate is available through August 12.  Learn more and register

In the Region This Week: June 23
ARC's August Aspire Appalachia conference spotlights rural development; Appalachian Higher Education Network helps students in 10 states pursue post-secondary education; fulfillment center to employ 500 in Braselton, Georgia.   Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Seeks Proposals for Research Study on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia
The Commission invites proposals from qualified researchers and consultants to examine the landscape of entrepreneurship in Appalachia through in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis. The research will document, analyze, and map data on entrepreneurial activity throughout the Region. Proposals are due July 15.
Request for proposals (PDF: 75 KB)

In the Region This Week: June 16
Data chartbook gives a statistical snapshot of Appalachia; mining businesses to explore new opportunities through MINExpo; West Virginia is rising star in Hollywood film productions.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Releases Bon Appétit Appalachia! Map Guide to Local Food Businesses in Appalachia
ARC has released Bon Appétit Appalachia!, a searchable online map of local food businesses and entrepreneurs operating in the Appalachian Region. The map includes more than 830 local farms, restaurants, bakeries, breweries, wineries, and festivals in the 13 Appalachian states. An abridged print version of the map is being published in regional Edible Communities magazines in and around the Region.  Press release

In the Region This Week: June 9
Bon Appétit Appalachia! maps the Region's local food businesses; building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kentucky; "Save Our Towns" video series showcases southwest Virginia communities.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Study to Evaluate Highway System's Impact on the Appalachian Economy
The study will look at how the Appalachian Development Highway System's development has affected economic growth in Appalachia, as well as the future economic benefits and costs of completing the system. The first volume of the study, which summarizes previously published ADHS impact studies, is now available; the full report will be published in December 2016.  Read volume 1