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Press Releases
 April 2015
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl Honored with Visionary Impact Award
Gohl was recognized by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers April 7 at the 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta for his leadership in the effort to combat prescription substance abuse.
 March 2015
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is Honored by Development District Association of Appalachia
Gillibrand received a 2015 Congressional Award from the DDAA for her service to the people of Appalachia and her support for economic development efforts in the Region.
 March 2015
Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson Receives Award from Development District Association of Appalachia
Johnson, who represents Ohio's Sixth Congressional District, was recognized by the DDAA with its 2015 Congressional Award for his ongoing support for economic development efforts in the Region.
 March 2015
Maryland Regional Development Advocate and Historian Al Feldstein Receives 2015 DDAA John D. Whisman Vision Award
The Development District Association of Appalachia recognized Feldstein for his long career as a champion for regional planning and development, during which he served as a teacher, government official, author, and historian.
 March 2015
Louisville Mayor Will Hill Receives DDAA's 2015 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award
Hill was recognized by the Development District Association of Appalachia at its 2015 annual conference for his efforts contributing to the growth and development of Louisville and of Winston County, Mississippi.
 February 2015
ARC Report Cites Economic Progress and Challenges in Appalachian Region Since 1965
A February 2015 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.
 February 2015
ARC Joins Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky on Innovative “Bright Spots” Health Research Project
The innovative $1 million project will identify successful approaches to improving health outcomes in Appalachian communities to determine best practices that can help reduce the Region's persistent health disparities.
 February 2015
Obama Administration Requests $95 Million for ARC for FY 2016
The administration's proposed fiscal year 2016 funding for ARC includes $25 million to implement the multi-agency POWER+ Plan to help communities adversely affected by the decline in coal-related jobs diversify their economies and create new employment opportunities.
 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
 April 2015
Legislative Update: House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
Approved on April 22, the legislation provides a total of $95 million for ARC's FY 2016 nonhighway programs. This amount is $5 million more than ARC's FY 2015 funding level.
 March 2015
POWER Initiative to Assist Communities Affected by Changes in Coal Industry and Power Sector
ARC Executive Director Scott Hamilton joined senior administration officials and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear in announcing the initiative, which will award competitive grants to help impacted communities diversify their economies, create jobs in new or existing industries, and provide skills training.
 March 2015
President Obama Announces TechHire Initiative to Boost High-Tech Training and Employment
Announced March 9, the multi-sector initiative aims to help workers gain the skills needed for and connect with well-paying technology jobs. Eastern Kentucky and Chattanooga, Tennessee, are among the communities nationwide that have committed to developing strategies to expand workers' access to tech jobs.
 March 2015
ARC-Hosted Roundtable Examines Opportunities, Strategies for Eastern Kentucky’s Technology Workforce
The March 4 gathering of workforce and technology leaders identified strengths in the effort to build a competitive technology workforce that can help diversify Appalachian Kentucky’s economy.
 February 2015
February 20 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 20, 2015, to provide guidance to communities applying for a "manufacturing communities" designation from the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership.
 February 2015
Federal Grant Opportunities Available to Support Development of Rural Health Networks
The Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will support the development of rural health networks through two pilot programs targeting health-care training and coordination.
 February 2015
Legislative Update: Obama Administration Requests $95 Million for ARC for FY 2016
The proposed fiscal year 2016 funding for ARC includes $70 million for the Commission's base program and an additional $25 million for implementation of the administration's POWER+ Plan, a multi-agency initiative to support communities adversely affected by the transition from coal as the primary fuel source in the power sector.
 January 2015
ARC to Participate in Next Phase of IMCP Competition Supporting “Manufacturing Communities;” Applications Due April 1
On January 29, 2015, the Obama administration opened the application process for 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.
 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.
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 June 2015
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2015 Annual Conference
June 23–25, 2015
Center for Rural Development
Somerset, Kentucky
 May 2015
ARC 2015 Strategic Planning Listening Sessions
May 15: Forest City, North Carolina
May 21: Starkville, Mississippi
June 4: Morehead, Kentucky
June 11: Altoona, Pennsylvania
June 16: Morgantown, West Virginia
 April 2015
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2015 Spring Meeting
April 20–23, 2015
Washington Renaissance Hotel
999 9th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
Meeting agenda (PDF: 47 KB)
 April 2015
Appalachia Funders Network 2015 Annual Meeting
April 14–16, 2015
Kingsport, Tennessee
Event Web site
 March 2015
Appalachia’s Legacy of Resilience: How Emerging Economic Opportunities Are Making the Region Stronger
Development District Association of Appalachia Annual Conference
March 22–24, 2015
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia
Conference photos
 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
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
2014 DDAA Professional Development Conference
April 27–29, 2014
MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center
Kingsport, Tennessee
 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
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
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