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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.