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Press Releases
 January 2015
Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear is Selected to Serve as 2015 ARC States' Co-Chair
Previously the ARC states' co-chair in 2011, Beshear was chosen by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve again in 2015.
 January 2015
New Obama Administration Proposal to Strengthen Community Colleges in the Nation and the Appalachian Region
The "America's College Promise" proposal announced by President Obama on January 9, 2015, would strengthen the role of community colleges in promoting workforce development and economic growth in the nation and the Region. The proposal aims to provide affordable opportunities to help Americans gain the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of the growing global economy.
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News Briefs
 January 2015
President Obama Announces “America’s College Promise” Proposal at Pellissippi State Community College
On January 9, 2015, President Obama visited the Appalachian Region to announce the "America's College Promise" proposal to make two years of community college free for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor's degree and learn skills needed in the workforce at no cost. The event took place at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.
 December 2014
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation
Signed on December 16, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, provides a total of $90 million for ARC's fiscal year 2015 nonhighway programs.
 December 2014
Legislative Update: Senate Approves FY 2015 Omnibus Spending Bill
The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, provides a total of $90 million for ARC's fiscal year 2015 nonhighway programs. The president is expected to sign the legislation.
 December 2014
Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2015 Omnibus Spending Bill; Congress Extends Agency Funding through Short-Term Continuing Resolution
Senate action is pending on the FY 2015 omnibus funding legislation passed by the House on December 11; a two-day continuing resolution will provide funding for government agencies, including ARC, through December 13.
 November 2014
AACC to Host November 5 Webinar for Appalachian Community Colleges on Registered Apprenticeship Program Funding
The American Association of Community Colleges will hold a webinar on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, to provide information to Appalachian community colleges on the U.S. Department of Labor's Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium initiative and anticipated upcoming funding opportunities for Registered Apprenticeship programs.
 November 2014
ARC to Participate in Next Phase of IMCP Initiative Supporting “Manufacturing Communities”
On October 31, 2014, the Obama administration announced the next phase of competition under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, which aims to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in American communities. The competition will designate additional "Manufacturing Communities" across the country, giving them priority in consideration for federal funding and coordinated assistance from ARC and other agencies.
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Events
 April 2015
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2015 Spring Meeting
April 20–23, 2015
Washington Renaissance Hotel
999 9th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
 March 2015
DDAA 2015 Annual Conference
March 22–24, 2015
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia
 February 2015
ARC 2015 Governors' Quorum Meeting
February 22, 2015
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
J.W. Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
 December 2014
2014 Appalachian Teaching Project Presentations
December 5–6, 2014
Crystal City Marriott
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia
Presentations agenda (PDF: 35 KB)
Participants and project descriptions (PDF: 365 KB)
Video of 2014 presentations
 November 2014
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2014 Fall Meeting
November 17–19, 2014
North Central Workforce Investment Board
Ridgway, Pennsylvania
Meeting agenda (PDF: 79 KB)
 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.
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