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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 Host 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

Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Funding Government Agencies through December 11
Signed on September 19, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015, provides funding for ARC's nonhighway programs at a level of approximately $80.3 million.  Legislative update

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

ARC Launches "Bon Appétit Appalachia" Tourism Mapguide
Cover of summer 2014 issue of <i>Food Traveler Magazine</i>, which
includes ARC's new <i>Bon Apptit Appalachia</i> tourism mapguide.Published in the summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler Magazine, the new "Bon Appétit Appalachia" local-food mapguide showcases 283 of the Region's most distinctive food destinations, including local farms, farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, and other culinary attractions. The mapguide is also available as an interactive feature at  Press release