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 July 2014
Scott T. Hamilton, President and CEO of AdvantageWest, Named Executive Director of Appalachian Regional Commission
Scott T. Hamilton was named executive director of the Appalachian Regional Commission in July 2014. Hamilton has been with the AdvantageWest Economic Development Group for nearly a decade, serving as its president and CEO since 2009.
 July 2014
ARC Launches "Bon Appétit Appalachia" Tourism Mapguide
Published in the summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler Magazine, the "Bon Appétit Appalachia" local-food mapguide showcases 283 of the Region's most distinctive food destinations. The mapguide is also available as an interactive feature at www.visitappalachia.com.
 June 2014
Delegation Promotes Eastern Kentucky’s Development at 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Conference
A delegation of leaders in Kentucky state government, business, education, and philanthropy participated in the Clinton Global Initiative's CGI America 2014 meeting to build on the SOAR initiative's work in addressing eastern Kentucky's development challenges.
 May 2014
Northwest Georgia Region and Tennessee Valley Recognized as Promising Manufacturing Communities in National IMCP Competition
The two Appalachian communities are among the 12 nationwide that were designated as "Manufacturing Communities" through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative. The U.S. Department of Commerce–led initiative aims to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in American communities.
 May 2014
Remembering Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar
A longtime supporter of ARC and its economic development programs in Appalachia, Oberstar served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 2011.
 April 2014
ARC, EPA, and USDA Announce Winners of 2014 Livable Communities Competition
Five communities in Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and West Virginia were selected to receive a total of up to $375,000 in technical assistance and implementation support through the 2014 Appalachian Livable Communities program, a partnership between ARC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program focuses on developing local food systems as a means of revitalizing traditional downtowns and promoting economic diversification.
 March 2014
Scott M. Niswonger Receives 2014 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award
Business executive and philanthropist Scott Niswonger was recognized by the Development District Association of Appalachia for his leadership in education and community and economic development in Appalachian Tennessee.
 March 2014
Ed Silvetti Receives DDAA's 2014 John D. Whisman Vision Award
The Development District Association of Appalachia recognized Silvetti for his two decades of work championing regional planning and development in Appalachian Pennsylvania.
 March 2014
West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller Honored by the Development District Association of Appalachia with “Lifetime of Service” Award
The DDAA presented its first Lifetime of Service Award to Rockefeller on March 25, 2014, for his service to the people of West Virginia and his long-standing support for economic and community development efforts in Appalachia.
 March 2014
U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers of Kentucky Honored by Development District Association of Appalachia
Rogers received the DDAA's 2014 Congressional Award for his service to the people of Appalachia and his ongoing support for economic development efforts in the Region.
 March 2014
ARC Supports Launch of Southeastern Kentucky “Promise Zone” Announced by Obama Administration
ARC has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation to begin implementing its "Promise Zone" economic revitalization project in eight southeastern Kentucky counties.
 February 2014
ARC Executive Director Thomas Hunter Retires after 20 Years of Distinguished Service
Hunter, who was appointed ARC's executive director in July 1994, was honored by the 13 Appalachian governors for his service to the Commission and to the Appalachian Region at ARC's annual governors' quorum meeting in Washington on February 23, 2014.
 February 2014
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Selected to Serve as ARC's 2014 States' Co-Chair
Previously the ARC states' co-chair in 2012, Bentley was chosen by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve again in 2014.
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News Briefs
 September 2014
Legislative Update: Senate Approves Continuing Resolution to Fund Government Operations through December 11, 2014
The legislation, passed by the Senate on September 18, provides funding for ARC's nonhighway programs at a level of approximately $80.3 million. President Obama is expected to sign the measure.
 September 2014
Legislative Update: House Approves Continuing Resolution Providing ARC Funding through December 11, 2014
Approved on September 17, the legislation continues funding for ARC's nonhighway programs at a level of approximately $80.3 million. Senate action is pending.
 August 2014
Medical Training Mission Will Provide Free Health-Care Services in Western Maryland August 13–21
Residents of the western Maryland region will be able to receive free medical, dental, vision, and veterinary care services through the U.S. Department of Defense's Appalachian Mountain Innovative Readiness Training event.
 July 2014
National Entrepreneurship Challenge Focuses on Rural Entrepreneurs and Innovations; Applications Due September 15
Announced in July 2014, the American Farm Bureau Federation's Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs and business innovations cultivated in rural regions of the United States. Participants will compete for up to $30,000 and technical assistance to help them implement their business concepts.
 July 2014
Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
On July 10, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation containing $80.317 million for ARC's FY 2015 nonhighway programs. This amount is level with ARC’s FY 2014 funding. Action from the Senate appropriations committee is pending.
 June 2014
Legislative Update: House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
Approved on June 18, 2014, the legislation provides $80.317 million for ARC's FY 2015 nonhighway programs. This amount is level with ARC's FY 2014 funding.
 June 2014
Applications Due July 15 for “Local Foods, Local Places” Technical Assistance for Rural Communities
Appalachian communities are invited to apply for assistance through the new "Local Foods, Local Places" federal initiative to help rural communities develop and implement action plans promoting local food systems. Letters of interest are due July 15, 2014.
 June 2014
Kentucky SOAR Launches Search for First Executive Director
The Commonwealth of Kentucky will hire an executive director to lead the "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" (SOAR) initiative established by Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers in late 2013. SOAR aims to help eastern Kentucky create local development strategies addressing persistent challenges and realizing new opportunities.
 June 2014
Rural Appalachian Communities Receive Free Health Care through Army Readiness Training Event
Residents of rural communities in the western North Carolina region received free medical, dental, vision, and veterinary services June 2–12, 2014, through the Appalachian Care Medical Mission, a U.S. Army innovative readiness training event supported by ARC.
 June 2014
Legislative Update: House Subcommittee Approves Level Funding for ARC for FY 2015; Senate Committee Approves Bill Reauthorizing ARC’s Nonhighway Programs through 2018
On June 11, 2014, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development passed legislation containing $80.317 million for ARC’s FY 2015 nonhighway programs. The full House and Senate appropriations committees are scheduled to act on their FY 2015 appropriations bills the week of June 16. Full Senate action is pending on a bill that would reauthorize ARC’s nonhighway programs through 2018.
 June 2014
White House Rural Council Announces New “Local Food, Local Places” Initiative in Virtual Forum on Regional Food Economies
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl joined USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on June 9 in announcing the new Local Food, Local Places initiative supporting local food system development in rural communities. The announcement was made during a White House Rural Council forum on local food systems' emerging role as economic drivers in rural communities and the federal resources available to support their development.
 June 2014
White House Rural Council to Host June 9 Virtual Forum on Regional Food Economies
On Monday, June 9, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl will join USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx for a forum on local food systems' emerging role as economic drivers in rural communities, and the federal resources available to support their development. The forum will be live-streamed beginning at 12:45 p.m. EDT at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
 May 2014
Delegation Promotes Appalachian Exports to Latin America through U.S. Commerce “Trade Winds” Mission
In May 2014, executives representing 24 Appalachian firms and organizations participated in an ARC-sponsored delegation to "Trade Winds—The Americas," a U.S. Department of Commerce business development conference and trade mission focused on countries in South and Central America.
 April 2014
ARC Partners with Operation UNITE on 2014 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit
ARC is partnering with Operation UNITE to support the continuing education of medical professionals and community leaders attending the third National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 22-24 in Atlanta, Georgia.
 March 2014
March 11 Webinar Will Demonstrate Web-Based Tool on Economic Diversity in Appalachia
Authors of a new ARC-funded research study on economic diversity in Appalachia will hold a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, to demonstrate use of a companion Web-based tool that provides quantitative information on Appalachian communities' economic diversity.
 March 2014
Legislative Update: Obama Administration Requests $68.2 Million for ARC for FY 2015
The proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 assumes no major policy or programmatic changes for Commission activities and will continue the administration's interagency focus on strengthening and diversifying the Appalachian economy.
 February 2014
EDA-IEDC Webinar Materials Offer Guidance on "Manufacturing Community" Competition Applications
A recording of the February 19, 2014, webinar, as well as a Q&A log and other webinar materials, is available on the EDA Web site.
 February 2014
Appalachian Business Delegation to Join May 2014 "Trade Winds—The Americas" Trade Mission
ARC's Export Trade Advisory Council will sponsor a multi-sector Appalachian business delegation to the U.S. Department of Commerce's May 19–21 "Trade Winds—The Americas" business development conference and trade mission, focused on countries in South and Central America.
 February 2014
February 19 Webinar to Offer Guidance on “Manufacturing Community” Competition Applications
The U.S. Economic Development Administration and the International Economic Development Council will hold a free webinar on February 19, 2014, to provide guidance to communities applying for a "manufacturing communities" designation from the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership.
 January 2014
ARC-Sponsored Summit Will Highlight Rural Community Colleges’ Role in Supporting Local Entrepreneurs
ARC and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship will host the regional summit on February 20, 2014, in Ghent, West Virginia.
 January 2014
ARC Joins Federal Agencies in Accelerating Manufacturing Resurgence with Second Phase of “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership”
Created to help communities develop environments where manufacturing will thrive, the IMCP brings together the resources of multiple agencies to help public and private partners create broad-based prosperity through well-paying manufacturing jobs.
 January 2014
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation Funding Government Agencies through September 30
Signed on January 17, 2014, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (P.L. 113-76), provides funding for government agencies for fiscal year 2014, including $80.3 million for ARC's nonhighway programs.
 January 2014
Southeastern Kentucky Region is Designated as “Promise Zone” for Federal Revitalization Investment
An 8-county region of southeastern Kentucky has been designated one of the country's first "Promise Zones" as part of an Obama administration initiative to revitalize high-poverty communities.
 January 2014
ARC and ETSU Offer Competitive Grants to Support Collaborative Health Projects in Distressed Counties
The ARC-ETSU "Regional Roadmap for a Healthier Appalachian Tennessee" competitive grant program will help communities in economically distressed Tennessee counties establish health initiatives linking health, economic development, and education. Applicants must submit a letter of intent to apply by February 3, 2014.
 November 2013
Tennessee Tour Showcases Local Food Production’s Role in Economic and Community Development Efforts
The Commission's Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour included a November 2013 visit to Appalachian Tennessee, where ARC officials saw a range of programs highlighting local food production as an important component of economic revitalization, entrepreneurship development, and education and training efforts.
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Events
 December 2014
2014 Appalachian Teaching Project Presentations
December 5–6, 2014
Crystal City Marriott
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia
 November 2014
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2014 Fall Meeting
November 17–19, 2014
North Central Workforce Investment Board
Ridgway, Pennsylvania
 October 2014
Investing in Appalachia's Youth Conference
An Appalachian Regional Commission Conference Hosted by the State of Alabama
October 8-9, 2014
Marriott Shoals Hotel
Florence, Alabama
 September 2014
Made in Rural America Regional Export and International Investment Forum: Cortland, New York
September 5, 2014
8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Corey Union Function Room
SUNY–Cortland
103 Prospect Terrace
GPS Address: 17 Lankler Drive
Cortland, New York
Forum agenda (PDF: 147 KB)
Forum parking map (PDF: 157 KB)
 August 2014
Made in Rural America Regional Export and International Investment Forum: Birmingham, Alabama
August 18, 2014
8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Birmingham–Wynfrey Hotel
1000 Riverchase Galleria
Birmingham, Alabama
Forum agenda (PDF: 223 KB)
 June 2014
Global Appalachia Workshop
June 17–18, 2014
Washington, D.C.
Workshop agenda (PDF: 142 KB)
 June 2014
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2014 Best Practices Conference
June 10–12, 2014
DoubleTree Asheville-Biltmore Hotel
Asheville, North Carolina
Conference schedule, session information, and presentation materials
Conference summary
 June 2014
Made in Rural America Regional Export Forum
June 4, 2014
8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
Southpointe Business Park
1000 Corporate Drive
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Forum agenda (PDF: 184 KB)
 May 2014
ARC Tourism Advisory Council Meeting
May 1, 2014
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Appalachian Regional Commission
1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, D.C.
Meeting agenda (PDF: 84 KB)
Meeting summary
 April 2014
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2014 Spring Meeting
April 27–30, 2014
Washington Renaissance Hotel
999 9th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
Meeting agenda (PDF: 86 KB)
Meeting summary
 April 2014
2014 DDAA Professional Development Conference
April 27–29, 2014
MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center
Kingsport, Tennessee
 April 2014
Appalachian Diabetes Consultation
April 10, 2014
Embassy Row Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Consultation agenda, presentations, and materials
 April 2014
Appalachia Funders Network 2014 Annual Meeting
April 1–3, 2014
Athens, Ohio
Event Web site
 March 2014
Serving Appalachia’s Communities: Highlighting the Present and Visioning the Future
Development District Association of Appalachia Annual Conference
March 23–25, 2014
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia
Conference photos
 March 2014
Research Webinar: Economic Diversity in Appalachia
March 11, 2014
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
 February 2014
ARC 2014 Governors' Quorum Meeting
February 23, 2014
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
J.W. Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
 January 2014
Appalachian Gateway Communities Regional Workshops
Abingdon, Virginia: January 14–16, 2014
Shepherdstown, West Virginia: February 10–12, 2014
 December 2013
ARC Tourism Advisory Council Meeting
December 18, 2013
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Appalachian Regional Commission
1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, D.C.
Meeting agenda (PDF: 84 KB)
Meeting summary
 December 2013
2013 Appalachian Teaching Project Presentations
December 6–7, 2013
Crystal City Marriott
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia
Presentations agenda (PDF: 150 KB)
Participants and project descriptions (PDF: 206 KB)
 November 2013
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2013 Fall Meeting
November 12–14, 2013
Morehead Conference Center
Morehead State University
Morehead, Kentucky
Meeting agenda (PDF: 774 KB)
 November 2013
Engaging, Competing, and Succeeding in the Global Economy of the Twenty-First Century
A Global Appalachia Workshop
November 13–14, 2013
Washington, D.C.
Meeting agenda (PDF: 139 KB)
 November 2013
Toward Prosperity: Entrepreneurship Transforming Appalachia's Economy Conference
An Appalachian Regional Commission Conference Hosted by
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the State of West Virginia

November 6-7, 2013
Charleston Marriott Town Center Hotel
Charleston, West Virginia
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