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2014
 
Applications Due July 15 for "Local Foods, Local Places" Technical Assistance for Rural Communities
The new "Local Foods, Local Places" initiative, supported by ARC, USDA, EPA, DOT, and the Delta Regional Authority, will provide technical support to help rural communities develop and implement action plans promoting local food systems. Letters of interest are due July 15.  News brief
 
 

Legislative Update: House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
Approved on June 18, the legislation provides $80.317 million for ARC's FY 2015 nonhighway programs. This amount is level with ARC's FY 2014 funding.  Legislative update
 
 

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. Applications are due June 30.   News brief
 
 

Legislative Update: House Subcommittee Approves Level Funding for ARC for FY 2015; Senate Committee Approves Bill Reauthorizing ARC's Nonhighway Programs through 2018
The House Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development has approved appropriations legislation containing $80.317 million for ARC's FY 2015 nonhighway programs. Full Senate action is pending on a bill that would reauthorize ARC's nonhighway programs through 2018.  Legislative update
 
 

White House Rural Council to Host June 9 Virtual Forum on Regional Food Economies
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.  News brief
 
 

ARC Hosts First "Made in Rural America" Regional Export Forum
As part of the White House Rural Council's Made in Rural America export and investment initiative, ARC hosted a regional forum in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on June 4 on opportunities and resources to help expand rural businesses' international market opportunities.   More information
 
 

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 through the Appalachian Care Medical Mission, a U.S. Army innovative readiness training event supported by ARC.  News brief
 
 

Northwest Georgia Region and Tennessee Valley Designated As "Manufacturing Communities" in National IMCP Competition
The two Appalachian communities are among 12 nationwide that were recognized through the federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative, which aims to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in American communities.  Press release
 
 

Appalachian Business Delegation Will Join "Trade Winds—The Americas" Trade Mission in Bogota
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 business development conference and trade mission, focused on countries in South and Central America.  News brief
 
 

ARC Partners with Operation UNITE on 2014 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit; Video from Summit Now Available
ARC partnered 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, an event aimed at fostering better understanding and cooperation among stakeholders working to combat the nationwide prescription drug abuse epidemic. Complete video coverage of summit events is available from WYMT-TV's Web site
 
 

Applicants to Receive Notice on ARC's TAACCCT Application Development Grants by May 14
ARC is offering competitive grants to support the development of applications to the fourth round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multiyear initiative implemented by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers. Applicants who have submitted to ARC their letters of intent to participate in the TAACCCT program will be notified of their eligibility for reimbursement of application expenses by May 14.  More information
 
 

Materials Available from April 2014 Appalachian Diabetes Consultation
ARC's April 10 Appalachian Diabetes Consultation fostered discussion among diabetes experts, Commission members, and other key regional stakeholders on the disease and its implications for economic and community development in Appalachia. Presentations, handouts, and other materials from the consultation are available for download from the ARC Web site.  Consultation materials
 
 

Letters of Intent Due April 30 for TAACCCT Application Development Grants
ARC is offering competitive grants to support the development of applications to the fourth round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multiyear initiative implemented by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade. Approximately $450 million will be awarded through the fourth round of the TAACCCT program. ARC application funds are available to organizations whose proposed projects will serve the Appalachian Region.  More information
 
 

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.  News brief
 
 

ARC, EPA, and USDA Announce Winners of 2014 Appalachian Livable Communities Competition
Communities in Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and West Virginia were selected to receive technical assistance and implementation support through the 2014 Appalachian Livable Communities program, which focuses on developing local food systems as a means of revitalizing traditional downtowns and promoting economic diversification.  Press release
 
 

Applications Due April 14 for Federal "Manufacturing Community" Competition
Communities applying for designation as "manufacturing communities" from the administration's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership must submit applications by 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 14. Designated communities will receive priority in consideration for federal funding and assistance to help them create globally competitive environments that grow, retain, and expand manufacturing investment and spur international trade.  More information.
 
 

Registration Deadline Extended to April 11 for 2014 DDAA Professional Development Conference
Registration and hotel reservations deadlines have been extended to April 11 for the Development District Association of Appalachia's April 27–29 professional development conference in Kingsport, Tennessee. More information and registration are available on the DDAA Web site.
 
 

International Transportation Economic Development Conference to Be Held April 9-11
The link between transportation and economic development will be explored at the ARC-supported 2014 I-TED conference, to be held in Dallas, Texas. I-TED 2014 will focus on the emerging transportation needs of business and economic development communities at the local, regional, state, national, and global levels. More information and registration is available on the conference Web site.
 
 

ARC to Host Appalachian Diabetes Consultation on April 10
The Washington, D.C., consultation will foster discussion among diabetes experts, Commission members, and other key regional stakeholders on the disease and its implications for economic and community development in Appalachia.  More information
 
 

Appalachia Funders Network Holds 2014 Annual Meeting
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl spoke on Appalachia's economic transition at the network's fifth annual meeting, held April 1–3 in Athens, Ohio. The network is a group of public and private grant makers that works to promote an entrepreneurial-based Appalachian economy.  More information
 
 

Cover of 2014 DDAA Conference Program
2014 Development District Association of Appalachia Conference to Be Held March 23–25
The 2014 DDAA conference, "Serving Appalachia's Communities: Highlighting the Present and Visioning the Future," will be held March 23–25 in Arlington, Virginia. The conference will provide insight on key current and emerging development issues and opportunities, and share ideas that can help LDDs in their work with communities to chart a positive course for future development. Conference Web site
 
 

New ARC Study Examines Economic Diversity in Appalachia
The March 2014 ARC-commissioned study Economic Diversity in Appalachia analyzes economic diversity trends in Appalachian counties and sub-regions and offers case studies on diversification strategies used in ten counties in the Region. The study is accompanied by a Web-based tool that provides quantitative information on Appalachian communities' economic diversity. A recording of a March 11 webinar demonstrating use of the tool is available for viewing.  More information
 
 

March 11 Webinar Will Demonstrate Web-Based Tool on Economic Diversity in Appalachia
ARC will offer a webinar at 2:00 p.m. EDT on March 11 to demonstrate a new Web-based tool designed to support economic development planning in Appalachian communities by providing quantitative information on their economic diversity. The tool was developed as part of a Commission-funded research study on economic diversity in the Region.  News brief
 
 

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.  Legislative update
 
 

ARC-ORNL 2014 Summer Science Programs Application Materials Now Available
Applications are being accepted for the summer 2014 ARC–Oak Ridge National Laboratory high school math-science-technology institute for students and teachers, and the middle school science academy for students. Both programs are all expenses paid and offer the opportunity to work with world-class scientists. Applications for both programs are due March 7.  Application information
 
 

ARC Supports Launch of Southeastern Kentucky "Promise Zone" Announced by Obama Administration
The Commission 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.  Press release
 
 

ARC Executive Director Thomas Hunter Retires after 20 Years of Distinguished Service
Hunter was honored by the 13 Appalachian governors for his service to the Commission and the Appalachian Region at ARC's annual governors' quorum meeting in Washington on February 23.  Press release
 
 

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 in Ghent, West Virginia.  News brief
 
 

EDA-IEDC Webinar Offers Guidance on "Manufacturing Community" Competition Applications
On February 19, the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the International Economic Development Council held a webinar to provide guidance to communities applying for a "manufacturing community" designation from the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership. A recording of the webinar, as well as a Q&A log and other webinar materials, is now available on the EDA Web site.
 
 

February 19 Webinar to Offer Guidance on "Manufacturing Community" Competition Applications
On Wednesday, February 19, the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the International Economic Development Council will hold a free webinar to provide guidance to communities applying for a "manufacturing community" designation from the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership.  News brief
 
 

Administration's "Made in Rural America" Export and Investment Initiative to Help Rural Businesses Access New Markets
The White House Rural Council will lead the administration's efforts to connect rural business owners with federal resources and information to help develop their exporting potential. In his February 18 guest post on the White House Rural Council blog, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl highlighted the opportunity the initiative presents for strengthening Appalachian businesses' capacity to compete in the global economy.  Blog post
 
 

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.  News brief
 
 

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.   News brief
 
 

Legislative Update: President Obama Signs FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation Funding Government Agencies through September 30
Signed on January 17, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, provides $80.3 million for ARC's nonhighway programs.   Legislative update
 
 

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.  News brief
 

 
2013
 
Legislative Update: Congress Approves Compromise Budget Agreement; House, Senate Appropriations Committees to Draft Omnibus Spending Bill for FY 2014
The compromise budget agreement approved on December 18 sets the government's discretionary spending levels for the next two years.  Legislative update
 
 

July Dates Announced for 2014 ARC–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer Learning Programs
ARC and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will offer a high school math-science-technology institute for students and teachers and a middle school science academy for students in summer 2014.  News brief
 
 

ARC, EPA, and USDA Announce Four Winners of Appalachian Livable Communities Competition
Communities in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi were selected to receive technical assistance and implementation support through the 2013 Appalachian Livable Communities program, which focuses on developing local food systems as a means of revitalizing traditional downtowns and promoting economic diversification.  Press release
 
 

Webinar to Examine Small-Business Access to Capital and Credit in Appalachia
Authors of ARC's comprehensive 2013 study on small businesses' access to credit and capital in Appalachia before and during the financial crisis will lead a 90-minute webinar on the study's findings and implications on Monday, December 9, at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The webinar will include discussion of the small-business lending landscape in Appalachia and of how banks, government, community organizations, and other stakeholders can work together to increase access to capital and credit for small-business development and job creation.  Webinar information
 
 

SOAR Citizen Summit to Focus on Development Strategies for Appalachian Kentucky
On December 9, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers will host a citizen summit to share new ideas and envision goals and strategies for moving Appalachian Kentucky forward. The summit, "SOAR: Shaping Our Appalachian Region," will be held in Pikeville. ARC and USDA Rural Development are providing support for the event. Additional information is available on the Kentucky Department for Local Government Web site.
 
 

A student participant speaks at ARC's 2013 annual Appalachian Teaching Project conference.
Appalachian Students Present Research at 2013 Appalachian Teaching Project Conference
On December 6 and 7, students and faculty representing 15 Appalachian colleges and universities participated in the annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference in Arlington, Virginia. Supported by ARC to help build student leadership capacity, the ATP gives college students the opportunity to engage in research projects that address endemic challenges facing communities in the Region.  Conference information
 
 

ARC and NEA to Offer Technical Assistance Workshops for Appalachian "Gateway" Communities
The three-day workshops, to be held in early 2014 in Abingdon, Virginia, and Shepherdstown, West Virginia, will help community teams develop action plans for capitalizing on their area's unique natural and cultural-heritage resources.  More information
 
 

ARC Entrepreneurship Conference Videos and Materials Now Available Online
Held November 6–7 in Charleston, West Virginia, ARC's 2013 fall conference explored how communities can create an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports local businesses and fosters economic growth. Videos and presentations from the conference are now available on the ARC Web site.
 
 

New West Virginia Angel Investment Fund to Help Boost Local Business Growth
The ARC-supported fund, West Virginia Growth Investment, will pool the resources of accredited investors to support the development of small businesses in Appalachia.   News brief
 
 

Two Funding Opportunities Available to Local Diabetes Coalitions in West Virginia
The Marshall University Center for Rural Health is soliciting applications from new and existing diabetes coalitions in eligible West Virginia counties for two grant opportunities. Applications for both opportunities are due November 8.  News brief
 
 

Appalachian Capital Policy Initiative Highlighted in OCC Newsletter
The November 2013 issue of the online newsletter Community Developments Investments, published by the Treasury Department's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), focuses on financing business development and expansion in rural America and features an article highlighting the work of ARC's Appalachian Capital Policy Initiative. It includes a summary of the Commission's new study Access to Capital and Credit in Appalachia and a review of strategies to bring more capital to underserved Appalachian communities.  Read article on OCC site
 
 

ARC Commends Four Appalachian Winners in Make it in America Challenge
The four Appalachia-based winners of the national Make It In America Challenge, announced October 22, received awards ranging from $1.7 million to $3.5 million. The challenge is an administration initiative to accelerate job creation and encourage business investment in the United States.  Press release
 
 

Application Deadline Extended for 2013 Livable Communities Program
Up to five Appalachian communities will be selected for assistance through the 2013 program, which focuses on developing local food systems to help promote economic diversification and improved quality of life. The application period ends October 18.  News brief
 
 

Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Continuing Government Funding and Extending ARC Nonhighway Programs through January 15
The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, provides funding for agencies at their FY 2013 post-sequester funding level.  Legislative update
 
 

SEDA-Council of Governments Releases Energizing Small Communities Guide
Pennsylvania's SEDA-Council of Governments has released a how-to manual for small communities on developing programs to help reduce their conventional-energy use and boost their economic resilience. The Energizing Small Communities guide was developed through an ARC-supported pilot project to create an energy-independence initiative for the Appalachian community of New Berlin, Pennsylvania. The guide is available as a PDF (11 MB) on the SEDA-COG Energy Resource Center Web site.
 
 

ARC Seeks Proposals for Research Study on Structural and Socioeconomic Changes in Appalachia
ARC invites proposals for a research study that will examine significant structural and socioeconomic changes to the Appalachian Region since 1965. The purpose is to quantify and document changes to the Region during this time period and to evaluate ARC's contribution to the Region's economic development. Proposals are due on or before October 9, 2013.  Request for proposals (PDF: 100 KB)
 
 

Legislative Update: House Approves Continuing Resolution Providing ARC Funding through December 15
The legislation continues funding for ARC's nonhighway programs at the FY 2013 post-sequester level of $64.9 million.  Legislative update
 
 

Buy local produce sign at Mississippi farmers market
Mississippi Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour Highlights Farmers Markets, Product Promotion Efforts; Includes Announcement of Livable Communities Assistance for Appalachian Food System Development
ARC's September tour showcased successful local models in Appalachian Mississippi, highlighting the economic opportunity created by local food systems.  News brief
 
 

Appalachia USA Delegation to Promote Exports at 2013 Asia-Pacific International Mining Exhibition
The 25-member delegation of mining equipment, services, and technology professionals will promote their products and expertise and meet with potential clients and business partners from throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  News brief
 
 

Photo of ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and USDA Deputy Under Secretary Joani Walsh with Bonfatto's Spice Cream owner David Letterman on August 5, 2013, during a visit to the company as part of ARC's Pennsylvania Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour.
Pennsylvania Tour Highlights Role of Specialty-Food Businesses, Organics Producers in Local Food Economy
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl was joined by USDA Deputy Under Secretary Joani Walsh on the August Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour in Pennsylvania, ARC's tenth in a series examining the job-creation potential of local food systems in Appalachia.  News brief
 
 

Photo of Maryland Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour participants at Frostburg State University's Grow It Local greenhouse on July 26, 2013.
Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour Showcases Training and Education Programs in Appalachian Maryland
Culinary and agricultural education and training programs, as well as small businesses and farms, were among the destinations included in ARC's July 25-26 Maryland tour highlighting the economic opportunity created by local food systems.  News brief
 
 

Photo of ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and South Carolina state and local officials with the Hub City Farmers Market mobile market on July 11, 2013.
South Carolina Tour Highlights Innovative Approaches to Economic Growth through Local Food Systems
ARC officials completed a two-day South Carolina leg of the Commission's ongoing Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour on July 12, visiting programs including a mobile farmers market and unique culinary and food-service training efforts.  News brief
 
 

Photo of ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and Finger Lakes Fresh staffers Liz Keyser and Curran McKee in Ithaca, New York.
New York Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour Includes Announcement of ARC Grants for Regional Farmers Market, Food Distribution Hub
The Commission's June 25–28 tour showcased innovative local models and regional success stories in Appalachian New York, highlighting the economic opportunity created by local food systems.  News brief
 
 

Legislative Update: Senate, House Appropriations Committees Approve FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bills
The June 2013 bills contain $68.2 million and $70.3 million, respectively, for ARC's fiscal year 2014 nonhighway programs.  Legislative update
 
 

Photo of ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and Clinton Global Initiative founding chair Bill Clinton at June 14, 2013, announcement of Appalachian Community Capital (ACC), a central bank for development lenders.
ARC Launches Appalachian Community Capital Initiative to Build Access to Credit in Region
At the 2013 CGI America meeting on June 14, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl announced the creation of Appalachian Community Capital, a new central bank for development lenders that will increase the availability of capital to Appalachia's small businesses. It is expected to leverage $233 million in private bank capital.  Press release and video
 
 

West Virginia Marks 150 Years of Statehood
Founded as the nation's 35th state in 1863, West Virginia is commemorating its sesquicentennial with special events through the month of June.  News brief
 
 

Photo of ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien listening to Rural Action Executive Director Michelle Decker.
Specialty Food Businesses, Farm-to-School Programs a Focus of Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour in Ohio
ARC Executive Director Earl Gohl and state and local officials were joined by USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien on the June tour. The tour was ARC's sixth in a series highlighting the potential of local food systems to create economic opportunity in Appalachia.  News brief
 
 

ARC-Supported Study Examines Best Practices, Economic Development Impact of Rural Business Incubators
A comprehensive new study conducted by the National Business Incubation Association identifies the best practices used by successful business incubators to grow companies and jobs in rural areas.  News brief
 
 

Senior Federal and State Officials Join ARC for Appalachian Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour in West Virginia
Sites visited on the three-day tour included food-related businesses, farms, and schools, highlighting the economic opportunity created by local food systems in West Virginia and showcasing innovative local models.  Press release
 
 

Delegation Promotes Appalachian Exports through Multi-Sector Trade Mission in Asia
Executives from 25 Appalachian firms and organizations participated in an Appalachia USA delegation to the May 2013 Trade Winds Asia Forum, a U.S. Department of Commerce business development conference and trade mission in Seoul.  News brief
 
 

Appalachian Business Delegation to 2013 Trade Winds Forum Will Explore Export Opportunities in Asia
A multi-sector business delegation from the Region will participate in the May 2013 Trade Winds Asia Forum, a U.S. Department of Commerce business development conference and trade mission in Seoul.  News brief
 
 

Logo for 2013 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit
2013 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit to Be Held April 2-4
Operation UNITE will hold the 2013 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 2-4 in Orlando, Florida. ARC is partnering with UNITE to support the continuing education of medical professionals and community leaders at the summit.  News brief
 
 

ARC Launches Foodways Tour at Appalachia Funders Network Conference
ARC's 13-state Appalachian Foodways Tour, launched in Asheville, North Carolina, on March 20, will highlight the potential of local food systems to create economic opportunity and grow jobs.  Press release
 
 

Make it in America Challenge FFO Issued March 18; Deadline for ARC Application Development Grants is April 1
ARC is offering competitive grants to support the development of applications to the Make it in America Challenge, a federal funding opportunity focused on increasing the insourcing of American jobs. The challenge will award a total of up to $40 million to winning projects. ARC funds are available to organizations whose proposed projects will serve the Appalachian Region; applications are due April 1.  More information
 
 

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is Honored by Development District Association of Appalachia
Brown received the DDAA's 2013 Congressional Award on March 12 for his ongoing support for economic development efforts in the Region.  Press release
 
 

Legislative Update: Obama Administration Requests $64.6 Million for ARC for FY 2014
The administration's proposed budget requests an amount roughly even with ARC's post-sequester FY 2013 funding and assumes no major policy or programmatic changes for Commission activities.  Legislative update
 
 

Online Registration Ends March 6 for 2013 Development District Association of Appalachia Conference
The 2013 DDAA conference, A Proud Heritage and a Bright Tomorrow, will be held March 10–12 in Arlington, Virginia. The conference will provide insight on key current and emerging development issues and opportunities, and share ideas on how LDDs can build on their knowledge to better meet Appalachian communities' needs. Conference Web site
 
 

ARC to Produce Local Food Mapguide with American Heritage Society
The tourist-oriented mapguide will showcase Appalachian food-heritage and agritourism attractions to boost tourism and stimulate economic development in the Region.  News brief
 
 

ARC to Co-Sponsor Mississippi Food Summit on March 1
The Mississippi Food Summit will promote discussion of efforts to grow the state's sustainable food economy. The summit will be held in Oxford in conjunction with the Gaining Ground Sustainable Living Conference. More information
 
 

ARC-ORNL 2013 Summer Science Programs Application Materials Available
Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2013 ARC–Oak Ridge National Laboratory high school math-science-technology institute for students and teachers, and the middle school science academy for students. Both programs are all expenses paid and offer the opportunity to work with world-class scientists. Applications for both programs are due February 27, 2013.  Application information
 
 

New Report Provides Data Overview of the Appalachian Region
A report prepared by the Population Reference Bureau details state- and county-level data on population; age; race and ethnicity; housing occupancy and tenure; education; labor force, employment, and unemployment; income and poverty; and migration patterns. The report is based on data from the 2007–2011 American Community Survey for the 13 Appalachian states.  Read the report

 
2012
 
Appalachian Students Present Research at 2012 Appalachian Teaching Project Conference
On November 30 and December 1, students and faculty representing 15 Appalachian colleges and universities participated in the annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference in Arlington, Virginia. The ATP gives college students the opportunity to engage in research projects that address endemic challenges facing communities in the Region.  Conference information
 
 

Survey of Oak Ridge Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute Participants to Close November 30
ARC is completing a survey of 2001–2010 student and teacher participants in the ARC–Oak Ridge Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute to evaluate the program's influence on education and career choices. All institute participants are encouraged to take the survey as soon as possible. It may be completed online through November 30 and should take about 15–20 minutes. For more information, contact ARC education program manager Jeff Schwartz at jschwartz@arc.gov.
 
 

ARC Seeks Proposals for Program Evaluation of Job Creation and Retention Projects
ARC invites proposals from researchers and consultants to conduct a major program evaluation of its non-infrastructure job creation and retention projects funded in fiscal years 2004 through 2010. The evaluation's primary goal is to determine the extent to which non-infrastructure job creation and retention projects have contributed to the attainment of ARC's economic development objectives. Proposals are due on or before November 28, 2012.  Request for proposals
 
 

Webinar Reviews ARC-Sponsored Study on Development Challenges and Strategies in Economically Distressed Rural Counties
On November 27, researchers from the University of Tennessee held a webinar to review the ARC-sponsored research study Strategies for Economic Improvement in Appalachia's Distressed Rural Counties. Based on the experiences of ten representative counties, the study examines the challenges to economic and community development efforts in rural Appalachian communities and the ways in which local governments, agencies, and community organizations are responding. A complete video of the webinar is available for viewing.  More information
 
 

Two Grant Opportunities Available to Local Diabetes Coalitions in Appalachia
The Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project, a partnership between ARC, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Marshall University's Center for Rural Health, is soliciting applications from new and existing local diabetes coalitions for two funding opportunities. Applications are due November 16.  News brief
 
 

Appalachian Businesses to Get Export Boost from New Partnership
ARC and the U.S. Commercial Service have joined in a new export promotion partnership to help boost exports from small and medium-sized businesses across Appalachia.  Press release
 
 

Commission Seeks Feedback from 2001–2010 Participants in Oak Ridge Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute
ARC is completing a survey of 2001–2010 student and teacher participants in the ARC–Oak Ridge Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute to evaluate the program's influence on education and career choices. All institute participants are encouraged to take the survey as soon as possible. It may be completed online and should take about 15–20 minutes. For more information, contact ARC education program manager Jeff Schwartz at jschwartz@arc.gov.
 
 

ARC Releases 2012 ADHS Cost-to-Complete Report Summary
The 2012 Appalachian Development Highway System cost-to-complete report executive summary provides updated information on the system's completion status and the estimated cost of completing ADHS corridors in the Appalachian states. The full study will be released in spring 2013.  Read the executive summary (PDF: 1.25 MB)
 
 

ARC and West Virginia Address Diabetes Prevention Efforts
On October 10, ARC and the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health convened a roundtable discussion in Charleston, West Virginia, to address the state's diabetes challenges and prevention efforts. ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller examined the topic of diabetes prevention further in an op-ed published in the Charleston Gazette.  Read op-ed
 
 

Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Continuing Government Funding, Extending ARC Nonhighway Programs, through March 27, 2013
Signed into law September 28, Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013, provides funding for most agencies—including ARC—at the fiscal year 2012 level, plus an across-the-board increase of 0.612 percent. The law also extends authorization of ARC's nonhighway programs through March 27.  Legislative update
 
 

ARC Announces Support for Creation of Five New Angel Investment Funds in the Appalachian Region
The Commission will provide funding and technical assistance to help create five new angel investment funds that will invest in small businesses in Appalachia.  Press release
 
 

New "Virtual Incubation" Webinar Series to Help Community Colleges Support Small-Business Growth
The American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Center for Workforce and Economic Development is offering a series of webinars in August and September to help community colleges learn how they can develop "virtual incubation" services to encourage innovation and support new and existing small businesses in their communities. The webinars will focus on the tools outlined in the AACC's Virtual Incubation Network Toolkit. To learn more about the toolkit and register for the webinars, visit the AACC Web site.
 
 

ARC Issues Request for Proposals for Development of a Tourist-Oriented Mapguide of Appalachia
ARC invites proposals from qualified vendors to develop and produce a tourist-oriented mapguide highlighting distinctive food destinations throughout Appalachia. The purpose of the mapguide is to increase tourism to the Appalachian Region by showcasing the breadth and depth of its food heritage and agritourism offerings. Proposals are due on or before September 12, 2012. Request for proposals
 
 

ARC Seeks Proposals for Program Evaluation of Commission Health Projects
ARC invites proposals from researchers and consultants to conduct a major program evaluation of Commission health projects funded throughout all 13 Appalachian states in fiscal years 2004 through 2010. The evaluation's primary goal is to assess the performance of ARC health investments using contractor-gathered data. Proposals are due on or before September 6, 2012.  Request for proposals
 
 

ARC Issues Request for Proposals to Develop Economic Diversification Strategies for Appalachia
ARC invites proposals from researchers and consultants to evaluate economic diversification in Appalachia, analyze strategies for successful diversification in rural areas, and customize detailed strategies that can be implemented in the Region. Proposals are due on or before September 4, 2012.  Request for proposals
 
 

Livable Communities Workshop to Be Held August 16
The third of ARC's three regional workshops on developing livable communities in Appalachia will be held August 16 in California, Pennsylvania. The workshops are co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities. Registration is free.  Workshop information
 
 

Photo of President Obama leading the August 7, 2012, White House Rural Council meeting on the administration's effort to address drought issues in rural areas.
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl Welcomes Administration's Multi-Agency Effort to Address Drought Conditions in Rural America
Gohl and other members of the White House Rural Council met with President Obama on August 7 to discuss efforts to assist rural areas affected by drought. The USDA has designated 56 Appalachian counties as eligible for drought assistance.  Press release
 
 

Obama Administration Announces $9 Million Investment in Rural Communities through Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge
The 13 selected projects will promote job creation, spur innovation, and provide assistance to entrepreneurs and businesses in a wide range of industrial sectors. The five winning Appalachian projects will receive a total of more than $4.2 million.   Press release
 
 

Scenic photo of mountains in the Georgia Mountains Region.
Featured LDD: Georgia Mountains Regional Commission
Serving 51 local governments, the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission supports development efforts in the fast-growing Georgia Mountains Region. The region, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has a thriving tourism industry and has built a diversified economic base.  Feature article
 
 

ARC Seeks Feedback from 2001–2010 Participants in Oak Ridge Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute
ARC has launched a survey of 2001–2010 student and teacher participants in the ARC–Oak Ridge Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute to evaluate the program's influence on participants' education and career choices. The survey may be completed online and should take about 15–20 minutes. For more information on the survey, contact ARC education program manager Jeff Schwartz at jschwartz@arc.gov.
 
 

New Study Examines Economic and Community Development Efforts in Rural Appalachian Counties
Strategies for Economic Improvement in Appalachia's Distressed Rural Counties, a study conducted for ARC by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, examines development efforts in ten rural economically distressed counties and outlines recommendations for continuing progress. The study's authors, along with ARC representatives and Appalachian community leaders, will discuss the report in an upcoming webinar.  Read the report
 
 

ARC to Co-Host July 12 Rural Economic Forum in Oxford, Mississippi
ARC will join the White House Business Council, the Delta Regional Authority, the White House Rural Council, and the U.S. Small Business Administration in hosting the Oxford Rural Economic Forum at the University of Mississippi on July 12. The forum is the eighth in a series designed to connect entrepreneurs and business owners to the local and national resources and networks they need to grow and innovate, and to discuss ways to enhance their success. Live streaming video of the forum will be available.  News brief
 
 

Second Livable Communities Workshop to Be Held July 12
The second of three ARC regional workshops on developing livable communities in Appalachia will be held July 12 in Kingsport, Tennessee; the final workshop will be held August 16 in California, Pennsylvania. The workshops are co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities. Registration is free.  Workshop information
 
 

Legislative Update: President Obama Signs MAP-21 Legislation Reauthorizing Federal Highway Programs; ADHS to Be Funded through New Surface Transportation Program Grant
On July 6, President Barack Obama signed into law a two-year reauthorization of surface transportation programs including the Appalachian Development Highway System.  Legislative update
 
 

Study Examines Disparities in Oral Health and Access to Oral Health Care in Appalachian Region
A new study conducted for ARC aims to increase understanding of Appalachia's oral health disparities and their contributing factors, and to aid efforts to develop targeted interventions to reduce such disparities.  Read the report
 
 

ARC Partners in AIR.U Consortium to Expand Broadband Access in Underserved Rural Communities
The consortium will deploy Super Wi-Fi networks to upgrade the broadband Internet access available to underserved university campuses and their surrounding communities.  Press release
 
 

ARC Federal Co-Chair Examines Appalachia's Challenges and Opportunities in Southern Growth Policy Board's 40th Anniversary Commentary Series
In the piece "The Appalachian Region and Its Challenges: The Next Steps," ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl reflects on the Region's progress, opportunities, and challenges.  Read commentary
 
 

ARC Partners in Net A-South Initiative to Enhance Appalachia's Access to Coastal Ports, International Commerce
With a goal of helping the Region better compete in the global economy, the Network Appalachia–South planning and development initiative will design new infrastructure, technology, financing, and institutional alliances to enhance Appalachia's access to neighboring coastal ports.  News brief
 
 

HHS Offers Competitive Grants to Help Improve Health in Small Communities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced available funding of $70 million to help improve the health of small communities across the nation. Grants will be awarded to agencies and organizations across a variety of sectors, including transportation, housing, education, and public health. The letter of intent deadline is June 18; applications are due July 31.  News brief
 
 

Livable Communities Partnership to Support Appalachian Communities through Technical Assistance
The Livable Communities initiative, a partnership between ARC, the EPA, and USDA, is giving rural Appalachian communities technical assistance that will help them develop strategies to become more livable and competitive. In his June 15 guest post on the White House Council on Environmental Quality's blog, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl highlighted three Pennsylvania and Ohio communities recently selected to receive assistance.  Blog post
 
 

ARC's Angel Capital Fund Formation RFP to Close June 15
Competitive awards in the form of both technical assistance and direct grant support will assist the creation of angel investment funds in the Appalachian Region. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 15. Award recipients will be announced July 13.  Request for proposals (PDF: 270 KB)
 
 

Global Appalachia Workshop to Focus on the Region's Role in Global Commerce
Members of the ARC Export Trade Advisory Council and Network Appalachia transportation planning and development group will meet in Memphis, Tennessee, June 12–14 to discuss opportunities for Appalachian businesses in domestic and international commerce.  More information
 
 

Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
The legislation, approved on June 6, provides $75.3 million for ARC's fiscal year 2013 nonhighway programs.  Legislative update
 
 

Seven Appalachian Towns Selected to Receive ARC and EPA Technical Assistance to Enhance Community Quality of Life
The Livable Communities technical assistance will help the towns improve their livability by promoting economic development while safeguarding the local landscape.   Press release
 
 

Video Highlights Challenges and Change in Appalachia
Appalachian Transition, a video produced for the Appalachia Funders Network (AFN), showcases the stories of individuals and organizations in Appalachia working to transform their communities. ARC is a founding member of AFN, a group of public and private grant makers that works to promote an entrepreneurial-based Appalachian economy.  Watch the video
 
 

Southwestern Commission Issues Comprehensive Planning RFP
The Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission has issued a request for proposals for a three-part planning process to include a regional vision for western North Carolina, a comprehensive plan for Graham and Cherokee Counties, and a transportation plan for Graham County. The RFP is posted on the North Carolina Division of Highways Web site.
 
 

Conference Call on ARC's Appalachian Angel Capital Fund Formation RFP to be Held June 1; RFP Webinar Material Available for Download
ARC will hold a conference call on Friday, June 1, to answer applicant questions on the recently issued Appalachian Angel Capital Fund Formation request for proposals. The conference call will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. In addition, applicants may now download material from the May 14–15 informational webinars on the RFP.  More information
 
 

Appalachian Businesses to Explore Export Opportunities in Asia through May 2012 Trade Winds Asia Forum
A delegation of 30 Appalachian business leaders will participate in the ARC-supported Trade Winds Asia Forum, a U.S. Department of Commerce business development conference and trade mission in Singapore.  News brief
 
 

Registration is Open for Webinars on ARC's Appalachian Angel Capital Fund Formation RFP
ARC will hold webinars on May 14 and 15 to answer applicant questions on the recently released Appalachian Angel Capital Fund Formation request for proposals and to provide information on angel fund formation and operation. The webinars will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT. To register for one of the webinars, participants should email their name and organization contact information to angelfunds@arc.gov.  Request for proposals
 
 

Registration Open for Advanced Materials Research Exchange at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
On May 31, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Southern Advanced Materials in Transportation Alliance will host a meeting on the transportation and advanced materials industries, which are projected to have an important economic impact in the South and parts of Appalachia. Economic development officials, representatives of private industry, and public and private researchers are encouraged to attend. Registration for the event is free; the deadline for U.S. citizens to register is May 15.  More information
 
 

ARC Releases Request for Proposals to Support Creation of New Angel Capital Funds in Appalachia
Competitive awards in the form of both technical assistance and direct grant support will assist the formation of angel investment funds in the Region. Proposals are due June 15.  Request for proposals
 
 

Updated Application Guide Available for Rural Jobs Accelerator Grant Competition
An updated application guide listing forms required by agencies participating in the FY 2012 Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge is available on the USDA Rural Jobs Accelerator Web Site. The application deadline is May 9. Information on ARC supplemental funding for the grant competition is available on the ARC Web site.
 
 

Legislative Update: Senate, House Appropriations Committees Approve FY 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bills
In late April, the Senate and House appropriations committees passed bills containing $64.9 million and $75.3 million, respectively, for ARC's FY 2013 nonhighway programs.  Legislative update
 
 

Applications Due May 9 for Rural Jobs Accelerator Grant Competition
Appalachian organizations may apply for grants to help support job creation efforts through the FY 2012 Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a federal funding opportunity in which ARC is a regional funding partner. The primary funding agencies are the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA). Applicants may apply for up to $715,000 per project from USDA and EDA, and applicants whose project takes place in Appalachia are eligible to apply for an additional $100,000 from ARC.  More information
 
 

Featured Project: Jones Memorial Hospital Computerized Provider Order-Entry System
An ARC grant helped Jones Memorial Hospital, in Wellsville, New York, implement a technology that lets clinicians enter medication orders, diagnostic tests, and procedures into a computer system for transmittal to the pharmacy, radiology, or laboratory. Use of the technology is a key strategy for reducing medication errors and ensuring patient safety.  Project summary
 
 

High School Graduation Rates in Appalachia Approach National AverageHigh School Completion Rates
According to a newly released study, the percentage of working-age adults in the Appalachian Region (those age 25 to 64) with at least a high school diploma was only slightly below the national average of just over 87 percent in the 2006-2010 period studied. In 127 of Appalachia's 420 counties, the percentage matched or exceeded the national average. The report was conducted for ARC by the Population Reference Bureau. For more information, see The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey.
 
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Appalachian Higher Education Network Members to Meet April 22–25
Staff of ARC-supported Appalachian Higher Education Network centers—state-based programs designed to increase postsecondary education attainment—will meet in Washington, D.C., for professional development activities.  More information
 
 

Legislative Update: House Energy and Water Development Subcommittee Approves Increased Funding for ARC for FY 2013
On April 18, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved legislation containing $75.3 million for ARC's FY 2013 nonhighway programs.  Legislative update
 
 

Population Change in Appalachia Detailed in ReportPopulation Change in Appalachia 2000-2010
The Appalachian Region's population grew about 7 percent from 2000 to 2010, compared with the almost 10 percent growth rate of the United States as a whole, according to The Appalachian Region in 2010: A Census Data Overview, a report conducted for ARC by the Population Reference Bureau. Population change varied greatly within the Region: while one-third of Appalachia's 420 counties lost population during the decade, nearly one in four grew at or above the national average. News brief
 
 

Featured Project: AdvanceKentucky
In 2008 the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, in partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative, created AdvanceKentucky, a statewide math-science initiative dedicated to helping Kentucky's students reach new heights in rigorous academic achievement. AdvanceKentucky's mission is to reach out to traditionally underrepresented populations in advanced placement courses and expand access to these classes while increasing student participation and success. Project summary
 
 

Logo for National Rx Drug Abuse Summit National Rx Drug Abuse Summit to Be Held April 10-12
Operation UNITE will hold the first National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 10-12 in Orlando, Florida. ARC is partnering with UNITE to support the continuing education of medical professionals and community leaders at the summit.   News brief.
 
 

Growing the Appalachian Food Economy Forum Held April 3–4Program cover thumbnail for Growing the Appalachian Food Economy: A Forum on Local Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture
Approximately 330 participants joined ARC's "Growing the Appalachian Food Economy" forum in Asheville, North Carolina, to learn practical ways local food systems can increase employment opportunities, spark entrepreneurial ventures, and build local wealth in Appalachian communities. Video of the April 3 morning sessions is available for viewing.  Forum information
 
 

Featured Project: Georgia Appalachian Center for Higher Education
GACHE provides competitive grant funding to high schools in distressed, at-risk, and transitional counties in Appalachian Georgia for programs to increase the schools' post-secondary education enrollment rates. Since January 2006, GACHE has funded programs in 43 schools serving more than 100,000 students, including 24,500 high-school seniors. Project summary
 
 

Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project to Sponsor Diabetes Coalition Conference March 27-30
The Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP) is sponsoring its fourth diabetes coalition conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27-30, 2012. The conference will provide a forum for diabetes coalitions throughout Appalachia to share best practices and will help enhance the skills of coalition leaders to mobilize community efforts. The ADCTP is a partnership supported by ARC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.  News brief
 
 

Appalachia Funders Network Holds 2012 Annual Meeting
On March 28–29, the Appalachia Funders Network held its third annual meeting, "Accelerating the Economic Transition of Central Appalachia," in Berea, Kentucky. The network is a group of public and private grant makers that works to promote an entrepreneurial-based Appalachian economy.  News brief
 
 

New Appalachian Development Highway System Status Report AvailableMap of ADHS
A report on the status of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) as of September 30, 2011, is now available for download in PDF format. The report includes an overview of the highway system and details on the status of  highway corridors in each Appalachian state. At the end of FY 2011, 88 percent of the 3,090 miles authorized for the ADHS were open to traffic or under construction.  Full report
 
 

ARC to Co-Sponsor March Conference on Financing Rural Small Businesses in Appalachia
On March 23, 2012, ARC will co-sponsor the one-day conference "Access to Capital and Credit: Strengthening Rural Businesses" in Lexington, Kentucky. Speakers will include ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl, USDA Rural Development Deputy Undersecretary Doug O'Brien, and Community Development Financial Institutions Fund Director Donna Gambrell. Registration for the conference is free.   Event information
 
 

Ohioan Bob Proud, Clermont County Commissioner, Receives 2012 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award
Bob Proud was recognized by the Development District Association of Appalachia at its 2012 annual conference for his work as founder of the Whole in My Heart military support group, which provides assistance to the families and friends of deployed troops.  Press release
 
 

Registration Now Open for 2012 Development District Association of Appalachia Conference
The 2012 DDAA conference, Working Together for a Better Region, will be held March 18–20 in Arlington, Virginia. The conference will highlight best-practice development programs and activities from across Appalachia, and share ideas on how LDDs can adapt strategically to better meet communities' needs and enhance their programs and services to help strengthen local economies.
 
 

ARC-ORNL 2012 Summer Science Programs Application Materials Available
Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2012 ARC-Oak Ridge National Laboratory high school math-science-technology institute for students and teachers, and the middle school science academy for students. Both programs are all expenses paid and offer the opportunity to work with world-class scientists. Applications for both programs are due March 2, 2012.  Application information
 
 

Appalachian Businesses to Seek Export Sales Boost through Shanghai Trade Fair
Home-furnishings and wood-products businesses seeking to expand export sales to Asia and the Pacific Rim can apply to join an Appalachia USA delegation traveling to the September 2012 Furniture Manufacturing and Supply China trade fair in Shanghai. Qualified Appalachian businesses can take advantage of discounted exhibit costs by joining the delegation. Applications must be submitted by February 21.  News brief
 
 

Legislative Update: Obama Administration Requests $64.8 Million for ARC for FY 2013
President Obama's proposed FY 2013 federal budget, released on February 13, 2012, requests $64.8 million for ARC's community and economic development programs.   Legislative update
 
 

Legislative Update: Senate, House Committees Approve Surface Transportation Bills
On February 2, 2012, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs approved legislation that would authorize Appalachian transportation-related activity.  Legislative update
 
 

Alabama Governor Bentley to Serve as 2012 ARC States' Co-Chair
Governor Robert Bentley has been selected by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the Appalachian Regional Commission's 2012 states' co-chair.  Press release
 
 

Legislative Update: President Obama Signs FY 2012 Funding Legislation
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, contains level funding of $68,263,000 for ARC's nonhighway programs.  Legislative update
 
 

Appalachian Diabetes Coalitions Win Grants for Community Initiatives
Five Appalachian diabetes coalitions have been selected to receive grants and support services through the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project, funded by ARC, CDC, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.  Press release
 

 
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Appalachian Students Present Research at 2011 Appalachian Teaching Project Conference
On December 2 and 3, 2011, 150 students and faculty representing 14 Appalachian colleges and universities participated in the annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference in Washington, D.C. The ATP gives college students the opportunity to engage in research projects that address endemic challenges facing communities in the Region.
 
 

Appalachian Communities Damaged by Tornadoes are Focus of Sixth ARDI Workshop
Participants in the December 5, 2011, Appalachian Regional Development Initiative workshop, sponsored by ARC and USDA, learned about federal resources and technical assistance available to help promote long-term economic recovery in Appalachia's tornado-damaged communities.  Press release
 
 

New Startup Appalachia Entrepreneurship Effort to Help Align Development Efforts of Public and Private Grant Makers
On November 8, 2011, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and USDA Rural Development Undersecretary Doug O'Brien met with state Rural Development directors from Central Appalachia, ARC representatives, and members of the Appalachia Funders Network steering committee in Abingdon, Virginia, to discuss a new entrepreneurship effort called Startup Appalachia.  News brief
 
 

Legislative Update: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Approves Bill Reauthorizing Federal Highway Programs for Two Years
Under the MAP-21 legislation, the Appalachian Development Highway System would be consolidated into the new Transportation Mobility Program and would continue to be funded from the federal Highway Trust Fund.
 
 

White House Business Council Holds Roundtable Discussion on Job Creation in Appalachian Virginia
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and USDA Rural Development Deputy Undersecretary Doug OBrien met with local business and civic leaders in Lebanon, Virginia, on November 8, 2011, as part of a nationwide series of roundtables held by the White House Business Council on the American Jobs Act. The roundtables serve to help Obama administration officials gather feedback and ideas on growing jobs and strengthening the economy. Topics discussed at the Lebanon roundtable, which was hosted by the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission, included the roles that business regulations, rural broadband service, and non-governmental organizations play in advancing economic growth.  News brief
 
 

Photo of ARDPI check presentationARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear Announce New Philanthropy Initiative
The Appalachian Rural Development Philanthropy Initiative will support the development of permanent, accessible community foundations in Appalachian Kentucky's economically distressed counties.  Press release
 
 

Materials Available from Abingdon, Virginia, ARDI Federal Technical Assistance Workshop
On October 27, 2011, the Appalachian Regional Development Initiative, a partnership between ARC and ten federal agencies, sponsored a one-day technical assistance workshop on federal funding opportunities and the federal grant application process in Abingdon. Presentation materials from the workshop are now available for download.
 
 

ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl Joins President Obama on Visit to Appalachian Higher Education Network School
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl joined President Obama on his October 17, 2011, visit to North Carolina's West Wilkes High School, which participates in an ARC program to encourage high-school graduates to continue on to postsecondary education. The president's visit was part of his American Jobs Act bus tour to discuss jobs and the economy.  Press release
 
 

ARC Launches Global Appalachia Export Initiative
The $1.5 million Global Appalachia export program will enhance small-business exporting in the 13 Appalachian states and support the export of Appalachia's unique products and assets. The program is projected to generate $150 million in export revenues over the next three years.  Press release