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May 27 Webinar Will Focus on POWER Initiative Grant Opportunities
The U.S. Economic Development Administration, the National Association of Development Organizations, and the National Association of Regional Councils will host a webinar May 27 on the competitive grant opportunities available through the administration's POWER Initiative, a multi-agency effort to assist communities and workers impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector. Funding opportunities include $500,000 in implementation grants from ARC. The webinar will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT. Online registration is open.

ARC to Offer POWER Implementation Grants to Assist Communities Affected by Changes in Coal Industry and Power Sector
The Commission will join EDA, ETA, and the SBA in offering a total of up to $35.5 million in funding through the administration's Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative launched in March. ARC grants of up to $75,000 each will help communities undertake coordinated economic and workforce development activities developed through a region-wide planning process. Applications for ARC funding are due July 10.  More information

Webinar, FAQ Offer Guidance on Proposed "Bright Spots" Appalachian Health Conditions Study
A recording is now available of a May 7 webinar hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky on the proposed "Bright Spots" research project initiated in partnership with ARC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to document disparities in health outcomes in Appalachia. Information from the webinar's Q&A period will also be incorporated into an updated FAQ available on the foundation's Web site.

Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill Containing $95 Million for ARC
Approved on May 1, the legislation provides $95 million for ARC's FY 2016 nonhighway programs. This amount is $5 million more than the Commission's FY 2015 funding level. Action from the Senate appropriations committee is pending.  Legislative update

ARC's Strategic Planning Survey Open through June 19
ARC is conducting a public survey on the issues, challenges, and opportunities in Appalachian communities as it develops a new strategic plan to guide its economic and community development efforts in the Region over the period 2016-2020. The survey is open to all community members and should take 10 minutes or less to complete.  Take the survey

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

Registration Open for ARC Strategic Planning Listening Sessions
ARC will hold a series of listening sessions in the Appalachian Region in May and June as it develops a new strategic plan to guide the Commission's economic and community development efforts over the next five years. Sessions will be held in North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. More information and registration are available at

Report Cites Economic Progress and Challenges in Appalachian Region Since 1965
A new ARC research study shows that substantial economic progress has been made in Appalachia since the Commission's inception in 1965 but that significant challenges remain.  Press release


ARC Strategic Planning Listening Sessions
May 21, 2015: Starkville, MS
June 4, 2015: Morehead, KY
June 11, 2015: Altoona, PA
June 16, 2015: Morgantown, WV

Appalachian Higher Education Network 2015 Annual Conference
June 23–25, 2015

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