ARDI Memorandum of Understanding Ceremony Held on November 12, 2010
[This news brief was amended June 27, 2012.]
A number of federal agencies have joined the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in forming the Appalachian Regional Development Initiative (ARDI), an unprecedented partnership to energize economic development in Appalachia. Led by USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl, representatives of eight federal agencies gathered in Abingdon, Virginia, on November 12, 2010, to sign a memorandum of understanding on the initiative.
The ARDI is an interagency collaboration and action plan to strengthen and diversify the Appalachian economy, improve the health and welfare of the residents of Appalachia, and protect the Region's environment. As of November 30, formal partnering agencies included ARC; the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and the Treasury; the U.S. Small Business Administration; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [As of June 27, 2012, the list of partnering agencies also included the U.S. Departments of Energy and the Interior; the Corporation for National and Community Service; and the National Endowment for the Arts.]
Full text of the ARDI memorandum of understanding (PDF: 641 KB)
This MOU includes participating agencies as of June 27, 2012. Additional agencies may join the MOU in the future.
Instructions for Viewing the ARDI MOU Ceremony Webcast
If you are not able to view the webcast through the above link, follow these instructions:
- Copy and paste this URL into the Internet Explorer address bar: 188.8.131.52/tcs
- Hover on the "View Conferences" button in the top left corner of the page and click on "Recorded."
- Click on "SVHEC ARC" to start the webcast.
- If this does not give you access to the webcast, click on the "Preferences" button in the top right corner of the page for help.
If you need further assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.