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Press Releases
 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
 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.
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Events
 June 2014
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2014 Best Practices Conference
June 10–12, 2014
DoubleTree Asheville-Biltmore Hotel
Asheville, North Carolina
 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.
 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)
 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 (PDF: 99 KB)
 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)
 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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