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 November 2014
AACC to Host November 5 Webinar for Appalachian Community Colleges on Registered Apprenticeship Program Funding
The American Association of Community Colleges will hold a webinar on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, to provide information to Appalachian community colleges on the U.S. Department of Labor's Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium initiative and anticipated upcoming funding opportunities for Registered Apprenticeship programs.
 November 2014
ARC to Participate in Next Phase of IMCP Initiative Supporting “Manufacturing Communities”
On October 31, 2014, the Obama administration announced 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.
 September 2014
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Funding Government Agencies through December 11, 2014
Signed on September 19, 2014, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 (P.L. 113-164), provides funding for ARC's nonhighway programs at a level of approximately $80.3 million.
 September 2014
Legislative Update: Senate Approves Continuing Resolution to Fund Government Operations through December 11, 2014
The legislation, passed by the Senate on September 18, provides funding for ARC's nonhighway programs at a level of approximately $80.3 million. President Obama is expected to sign the measure.
 September 2014
Legislative Update: House Approves Continuing Resolution Providing ARC Funding through December 11, 2014
Approved on September 17, the legislation continues funding for ARC's nonhighway programs at a level of approximately $80.3 million. Senate action is pending.
 August 2014
Medical Training Mission Will Provide Free Health-Care Services in Western Maryland August 13–21
Residents of the western Maryland region will be able to receive free medical, dental, vision, and veterinary care services through the U.S. Department of Defense's Appalachian Mountain Innovative Readiness Training event.
 July 2014
National Entrepreneurship Challenge Focuses on Rural Entrepreneurs and Innovations; Applications Due September 15
Announced in July 2014, the American Farm Bureau Federation's Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs and business innovations cultivated in rural regions of the United States. Participants will compete for up to $30,000 and technical assistance to help them implement their business concepts.
 July 2014
Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
On July 10, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation containing $80.317 million for ARC's FY 2015 nonhighway programs. This amount is level with ARC’s FY 2014 funding. Action from the Senate appropriations committee is pending.
 June 2014
Legislative Update: House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
Approved on June 18, 2014, the legislation provides $80.317 million for ARC's FY 2015 nonhighway programs. This amount is level with ARC's FY 2014 funding.
 June 2014
Applications Due July 15 for “Local Food, Local Places” Technical Assistance for Rural Communities
Appalachian communities are invited to apply for assistance through the new "Local Food, Local Places" federal initiative to help rural communities develop and implement action plans promoting local food systems. Letters of interest are due July 15, 2014.
 June 2014
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.
 June 2014
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, 2014, through the Appalachian Care Medical Mission, a U.S. Army innovative readiness training event supported by ARC.
 June 2014
Legislative Update: House Subcommittee Approves Level Funding for ARC for FY 2015; Senate Committee Approves Bill Reauthorizing ARC’s Nonhighway Programs through 2018
On June 11, 2014, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development passed legislation containing $80.317 million for ARC’s FY 2015 nonhighway programs. The full House and Senate appropriations committees are scheduled to act on their FY 2015 appropriations bills the week of June 16. Full Senate action is pending on a bill that would reauthorize ARC’s nonhighway programs through 2018.
 June 2014
White House Rural Council Announces New “Local Food, Local Places” Initiative in Virtual Forum on Regional Food Economies
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl joined USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on June 9 in announcing the new Local Food, Local Places initiative supporting local food system development in rural communities. The announcement was made during a White House Rural Council forum on local food systems' emerging role as economic drivers in rural communities and the federal resources available to support their development.
 June 2014
White House Rural Council to Host June 9 Virtual Forum on Regional Food Economies
On Monday, June 9, 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.
 May 2014
Delegation Promotes Appalachian Exports to Latin America through U.S. Commerce “Trade Winds” Mission
In May 2014, executives representing 24 Appalachian firms and organizations participated in an ARC-sponsored delegation to "Trade Winds—The Americas," a U.S. Department of Commerce business development conference and trade mission focused on countries in South and Central America.
 April 2014
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.
 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.
 December 2013
July Dates Announced for 2014 ARC–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute and Summer Science Academy
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.
 December 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 December 18, 2013, sets the government's discretionary spending levels for the next two years.
 November 2013
Tennessee Tour Showcases Local Food Production’s Role in Economic and Community Development Efforts
The Commission's Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour included a November 2013 visit to Appalachian Tennessee, where ARC officials saw a range of programs highlighting local food production as an important component of economic revitalization, entrepreneurship development, and education and training efforts.
 November 2013
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.
 October 2013
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Continuing Government Funding and Extending ARC Nonhighway Programs through January 15, 2014
On October 17, 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, which funds government operations and extends authorization of ARC's nonhighway programs through January 15, 2014.
 October 2013
Two Grant Opportunities Available to New and Existing Local Diabetes Coalitions in West Virginia
The Marshall University Center for Rural Health is soliciting applications from diabetes coalitions in 23 eligible West Virginia counties for two funding opportunities. Applications for both opportunities are due November 8, 2013.
 October 2013
Legislative Update: Fiscal Year Ends without Passage of Continuing Resolution Funding Government Agencies
Fiscal year 2013 ended September 30, 2013, without passage of legislation providing short-term FY 2014 funding for government programs, including ARC. During the ensuing appropriations lapse and government shutdown, ARC will have sufficient prior-year appropriations available to it to continue general operations for approximately three months.
 September 2013
ARC, EPA, and USDA Offer 2013 “Livable Communities” Assistance with Developing Local Food Systems
ARC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will select up to five communities to receive a total of up to $250,000 in technical assistance and implementation support. Applicants must submit a letter of interest by the close of business on October 18, 2013.
 September 2013
Legislative Update: House Approves Continuing Resolution Providing ARC Funding through December 15, 2013
The legislation continues funding for ARC's nonhighway programs at the FY 2013 post-sequester level of $64.9 million.
 September 2013
Mississippi Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour Highlights Farmers Markets, Product Promotion Efforts; Includes Announcement of “Livable Communities” Assistance for Appalachian Food System Development
Continuing ARC's ongoing Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour, Commission officials visited Appalachian Mississippi September 12–13, 2013. The tour included an announcement of the 2013 "Livable Communities" competition sponsored by ARC, EPA, and USDA to support development of local food systems in Appalachia.
 August 2013
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 2013 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.
 July 2013
Appalachia USA Delegation to Promote Exports at 2013 Asia-Pacific International Mining Exhibition
At the August event, 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.
 July 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, 2013, Maryland tour highlighting the economic opportunity created by local food systems.
 July 2013
Seven Appalachian Communities Develop “Livable Communities” Action Plans
Selected in June 2012 for the Livable Communities technical assistance program provided by ARC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the communities have created action plans for addressing local development challenges.
 July 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, 2013, visiting programs including a mobile farmers market and unique culinary and food-service training efforts.
 July 2013
Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
On July 10, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation containing $70.3 million for ARC's fiscal year 2014 nonhighway programs.
 June 2013
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, 2013, tour showcased innovative local models and regional success stories in Appalachian New York, highlighting the economic opportunity created by local food systems.
 June 2013
Legislative Update: Senate, House Appropriations Committees Approve FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bills
In June 2013, the Senate and House appropriations committees passed legislation containing $68.2 million and $70.3 million, respectively, for ARC's fiscal year 2014 nonhighway programs.
 June 2013
West Virginia Marks 150 Years of Statehood
Founded as the nation's 35th state in 1863, under President Abraham Lincoln, West Virginia is commemorating its sesquicentennial with special events throughout June 2013.
 June 2013
Specialty Food Businesses, Farm-to-School Programs a Focus of Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour in Ohio
ARC officials were joined by USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien on the June 2013 tour in Appalachian Ohio.
 June 2013
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.
 May 2013
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.
 May 2013
ARC’s Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour Continues in Alabama
A teaching farm, school-based garden programs, and a culinary business incubator were among the destinations included in ARC's May 13–14 visit highlighting the potential of local food systems to create economic opportunity.
 May 2013
Appalachian Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour Highlights Food Businesses, Agriculture Entrepreneurship in Georgia
The ongoing tour included stops at local farms and food producers in Appalachian Georgia May 9–10, examining the job-creation potential of local food systems.
 April 2013
Legislative Update: Obama Administration Requests $64.6 Million for ARC for FY 2014
The administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 requests an amount roughly even with ARC's post-sequester FY 2013 funding and assumes no major policy or programmatic changes for Commission activities.
 April 2013
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.
 March 2013
ARC to Produce Local Food Mapguide with American Heritage Society
The tourist-oriented mapguide, to be published in 2014, will showcase Appalachian food-heritage and agritourism attractions to boost tourism and stimulate economic development in the Region.
 March 2013
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Funding Government Programs through FY 2013
Public law 113-6, signed on March 26, 2013, funds government operations through September 30.
 February 2013
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.
 October 2012
Two Grant Opportunities Available to New and Existing 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 local diabetes coalitions for two funding opportunities. Applications for both opportunities are due November 16, 2012.
 September 2012
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Continuing Government Funding, Extending ARC Nonhighway Programs, through March 27, 2013
On September 28, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013, which funds government operations—and extends authorization of ARC's nonhighway programs—through March 27, 2013.
 July 2012
ARC Partners in Net A-South Initiative to Enhance Appalachia’s Access to Coastal Ports, International Commerce
The Network Appalachia–South planning and development initiative will design new infrastructure, technology, financing, and institutional alliances to help enhance inland Appalachia's access to neighboring coastal ports. The goal is to help the Region better compete in the global economy.
 July 2012
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, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law a two-year reauthorization of surface transportation programs—Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century—which authorizes federal highway programs including the Appalachian Development Highway System.
 July 2012
ARC to Co-Host July 2012 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.
 June 2012
HHS Offers Competitive Grants to Help Improve Health in Small Communities
A total of $70 million is available; grants will be awarded to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations across a variety of sectors. The application deadline is July 31, 2012.
 June 2012
Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
The legislation, approved on June 6, 2012, provides $75.3 million for ARC's fiscal year 2013 nonhighway programs.
 May 2012
Appalachian Trade Delegation Visits Southeast Asia to Expand Appalachian Exports
In May 2012, a delegation of Appalachian businesses participated in the ARC-supported Trade Winds Asia Forum, a U.S. Department of Commerce business development conference and trade mission in Singapore.
 April 2012
Legislative Update: Senate, House Appropriations Committees Approve FY 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bills
In April 2012, the Senate and House appropriations committees passed legislation containing $64.9 million and $75.3 million, respectively, for ARC's fiscal year 2013 nonhighway programs.
 April 2012
Legislative Update: House Energy and Water Development Subcommittee Approves Increased Funding for ARC for FY 2013
On April 18, 2012, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved legislation containing $75.3 million for ARC's FY 2013 nonhighway programs.
 April 2012
Appalachian Businesses to Explore Export Opportunities in Asia through May 2012 Trade Winds Asia Forum
A delegation of Appalachian businesses will participate in the ARC-supported Trade Winds Asia Forum, a U.S. Department of Commerce business development conference and trade mission in Singapore.
 March 2012
Appalachia Funders Network Holds 2012 Annual Meeting in Berea, Kentucky
The third annual meeting of the Appalachia Funders Network was held March 28-29, 2012, in Berea, Kentucky. The theme was "Accelerating the Economic Transition of Central Appalachia."
 March 2012
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Extending Federal Highway Programs through June 2012
Public law 112-102, signed on March 30, 2012, extends authorization of the Appalachian Development Highway System through June 2012.
 March 2012
First National Rx Drug Abuse Summit to Be Held April 10-12, 2012
Operation UNITE will hold the first National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 10-12, 2012, in Orlando, Florida. The purpose of the summit is to foster better understanding and cooperation among all stakeholders in the prescription drug abuse arena.
 March 2012
Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project to Sponsor Diabetes Coalition Conference March 27-30, 2012
The ARC-supported Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project is sponsoring its fourth diabetes coalition conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27-30, 2012.
 February 2012
Population Change in Appalachia Detailed in Report
The Appalachian Region's population grew about 7 percent from 2000-2010, according to a report conducted for ARC by the Population Reference Bureau.
 February 2012
Legislative Update: Obama Administration Requests $64.8 Million for ARC for FY 2013
The administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 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 2012
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.
 February 2012
Appalachian Businesses to Seek Export Sales Boost through Shanghai Trade Fair
Home-furnishings and wood-products businesses that want 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.
 January 2012
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs FY 2012 Funding Legislation
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (P.L. 112-74), contains level funding of $68,263,000 for ARC's nonhighway programs.
 November 2011
New “Startup Appalachia” Entrepreneurship Effort to Help Align Development Efforts of Public and Private Grant Makers
Startup Appalachia is envisioned as a framework to help coordinate the efforts of public and private grant makers to promote economic development in Appalachia, increasing the impact they have on the Region's economy.
 November 2011
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Continuing Government Funding through December 16
The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (H.R. 2112), continues funding for agencies at their current level.
 November 2011
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.
 November 2011
White House Business Council Holds Roundtable Discussions on Job Creation and Economic Growth in Appalachia
Through the roundtables, senior administration officials including ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl are gathering ideas and suggestions from local business and civic leaders on strengthening the economy.
 October 2011
Two New Grant Opportunities Available to Local Diabetes Coalitions in Appalachia
Applications for both grant opportunities are due in mid November 2011.
 October 2011
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Continuing Government Funding through November 18
The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012, provides level funding for most government agencies, including ARC, minus a 1.503 percent across-the-board cut.
 September 2011
Legislative Update: House, Senate Approve Short-Term Continuing Resolution to Fund Government Operations through October 4
A short-term continuing resolution passed by both the House and the Senate in late September 2011 funds most agencies, including ARC, at the FY 2011 level, minus a 1.503 percent across-the-board cut.
 September 2011
Appalachia USA Delegation Attends Shanghai Trade Event
In September 2011, a 27-member delegation representing Appalachian furniture and wood product businesses attended a major trade event in Shanghai, China.
 September 2011
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Extending Federal Highway Programs through March 2012; Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
P.L. 112-30 extends authorization of the Appalachian Development Highway System through March 2012; the Senate Committee on Appropriations' FY 2012 energy and water development appropriations bill provides $58.024 million for ARC's nonhighway programs.
 July 2011
Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2012 Funding of $68.4 Million for ARC; Senate Action Pending
H.R. 2354 provides $68.4 million for ARC's nonhighway programs.
 June 2011
Online Edition of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia is Launched
The online edition of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia will expand to include comprehensive
information on the Appalachian Region's history, land, culture, and people.
 April 2011
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs FY 2011 Funding Legislation
P.L. 112-10 provides funding for ARC's nonhighway programs through September 30, 2011; P.L. 112-005 extends funding for the Appalachian Development Highway System through September 30.
 March 2011
Legislative Update: Legislation Extends FY 2011 Funding for Government, Federal Highway Programs
P.L. 112-006 extends funding for government programs through April 8; P.L. 112-005 continues funding for federal highway programs through September 30.
 March 2011
Legislative Update: President Obama Approves Legislation Continuing ARC Funding through March 18, 2011
P.L. 112-004 funds ARC's nonhighway programs at the FY 2010 level of $76 million through March 18.
 November 2010
ARDI Memorandum of Understanding Ceremony Held on November 12, 2010
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.
 July 2010
Legislative Update: House Committee Approves Legislation on Veterans Outreach Program
In July 2010, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved legislation for an outreach program to assist veterans in the Appalachian Region.
 November 2009
President Obama Nominates Earl F. Gohl to Serve as ARC Federal Co-Chair
Earl Gohl's nomination to serve as ARC federal co-chair was received in the Senate on November 17, 2009.
 August 2009
ARC Partners with the Appalachian Studies Association
In July 2009 ARC and the Appalachian Studies Association signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and share information on Appalachian issues.
 July 2009
Legislative Update: Senate, House Approve Increased Funding for ARC’s FY 2010 Programs
In July 2009, the Senate and House both passed appropriations legislation containing $76 million for ARC's FY 2010 nonhighway programs.
 July 2009
Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2010 Funding of $76 Million for ARC; Senate Action Pending
On July 17, 2009, the House of Representatives passed legislation providing $76 million for ARC's FY 2010 nonhighway programs. The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved its version of the legislation, also containing $76 million, on July 9.
 July 2009
ARC Launches Gems of Appalachia Grant Competition
The deadline for submission of proposals is August 28, 2009.
 June 2009
Legislative Update: House Subcommittee Approves Increased Funding for ARC for FY 2010
On June 25, 2009, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved legislation containing $76 million for ARC's FY 2010 nonhighway programs.
 May 2009
Legislative Update: Administration's FY 2010 Budget Proposes Increased Funding for ARC
President Obama's proposed FY 2010 budget requests $76 million for ARC's nonhighway programs.
 March 2009
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs FY 2009 Funding Legislation
The president approved the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act on March 11, 2009.
 March 2009
Recovery Act Grant Information Available on ARC Web Site
ARC has developed a federal grant resource guide to help Appalachian communities find information on federal grant opportunities related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
 October 2008
Legislative Update: President Bush Approves Five-Year ARC Reauthorization, Continuing Resolution Extending ARC Funding
On October 8, 2008, President George W. Bush approved ARC's reauthorization through September 30, 2012. A continuing resolution providing funding for ARC into FY 2009 was approved September 30.
 July 2008
Legislative Update: Senate, House Appropriations Committees Approve FY 2009 ARC Funding Bills; House Passes Five-Year ARC Reauthorization Legislation
On July 10, 2008, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved its version of the FY 2009 energy and water development appropriations bill. The House Committee on Appropriations approved its FY 2009 energy and water development appropriations bill on June 25. On July 15, the House approved a compromise five-year reauthorization bill for ARC's nonhighway programs.
 February 2008
Legislative Update: President's FY 2009 Budget Request for ARC is Released
The proposed FY09 budget requests $65 million for ARC's nonhighway programs.
 January 2008
Legislative Update: President Bush Signs ARC FY 2008 Funding Legislation
The omnibus appropriations legislation signed into law on December 26, 2007, provides funding for ARC through September 30, 2008.
 December 2007
Legislative Update: Congress Approves FY 2008 Funding Legislation for ARC; Third Continuing Resolution Extends ARC Funding, Authorization through December 21
On December 19, 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval to legislation providing FY 2008 funding for federal agencies. On December 14, President Bush signed a third continuing resolution extending funding for federal programs through December 21.
 November 2007
Legislative Update: Second Continuing Resolution Extends ARC Funding, Authorization through December 14, 2007
Funding for ARC's nonhighway program is continued at the FY 2007 level of $64.8 million; the legislation also extends ARC's authorization until December 14.
 October 2007
Legislative Update: ARC Funding, Authorization Extended through November 16, 2007
Funding for ARC's nonhighway program is continued at the FY 2007 level of $64.8 million. The bill also contains a provision that extends ARC's authorization until November 16, 2007.
 August 2007
Legislative Update: Senate Approves ARC Reauthorization Legislation
On August 3, 2007, the Senate approved ARC's five-year reauthorization legislation, which continues all of the Commission's existing programs and creates a new economic and energy development initiative.
 July 2007
Legislative Update: House Approves Five-Year Reauthorization, FY 2008 Funding Legislation for ARC
On July 16, 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a five-year reauthorization for ARC that continues all of ARC's existing programs and contains a new economic and energy development authority. On July 17, the House approved its FY 2008 energy and water development appropriations bill.
 June 2007
Legislative Update: Senate, House Appropriations Committees Approve FY 2008 ARC Funding Bills
Both the Senate and the House appropriations committees approved FY 2008 funding bills for ARC in June 2007.
 March 2007
Legislative Update: Senate Committee Approves ARC Reauthorization Legislation
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved a five-year reauthorization of ARC’s nonhighway programs on March 29, 2007.
 February 2007
Legislative Update: President Bush Signs ARC FY 2007 Funding Legislation; House Committee Approves Five-Year ARC Reauthorization Legislation
On February 15, 2007, President Bush signed into law legislation funding ARC through September 30. On February 7, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a five-year ARC reauthorization bill.
 January 2007
Legislative Update: House Approves Continuing Resolution Providing ARC Funding through Fiscal Year 2007
In January 2007, the House of Representatives approved legislation funding ARC through September 30, 2007, and extending ARC’s authorization until October 1, 2007.
 December 2006
Legislative Update: ARC’s Funding, Authorization Extended through Mid February 2007
On December 9, 2006, Congress approved a continuing resolution providing funding for ARC and extending its authorization through February 15, 2007.
 October 2006
ARC Releases Energy Blueprint for Appalachia
ARC's October 2006 "energy blueprint" provides a strategic framework for the promotion of new energy-related job opportunities throughout Appalachia.
 September 2006
Legislative Update: Congress Extends ARC Funding, Authorization through November 17, 2006
On September 29, 2006, Congress completed action on legislation providing ARC funding and extending ARC's authorization through November 17.
 June 2006
Legislative Update: Senate Committee Approves ARC Funding Bill; House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on ARC Reauthorization
The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved its version of the FY 2007 energy and water development appropriations bill on June 29, 2006. The House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management will hold a hearing on ARC’s reauthorization on July 12.
 May 2006
Legislative Update: House Acts on ARC’s FY 2007 Funding Legislation; Senate Committee Approves ARC Reauthorization Legislation
The House of Representatives approved its FY 2007 energy and water development appropriations bill on May 24, 2006. On May 23, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved legislation reauthorizing ARC through 2011.
 May 2006
Project Seeks Donation of New Encyclopedia of Appalachia to Schools in Appalachian Region
A new donation program is helping Appalachian schools obtain their own copies of the first-of-its kind Encyclopedia of Appalachia.
 November 2005
Legislative Update: President Bush Signs ARC's Fiscal Year 2006 Appropriations Bill
On November 19, 2005, President Bush signed the compromise FY 2006 energy and water development appropriations bill, which contains $65.5 million for ARC.
 August 2005
Legislative Update: President Bush Signs Highway Bill Providing ADHS Funding through FY 2009
President Bush signed into law the multi-year highway bill SAFETEA-LU on August 10, 2005. It replaces the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.
 June 2005
Legislative Update: House, Senate Act on ARC's FY 2006 Funding Legislation; ADHS Program Extended
The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved its FY 2006 energy and water development appropriations bill on June 16, 2005. On June 30, Congress approved an extension of federal highway programs, including the Appalachian Development Highway System, until late July.
 March 2005
Legislative Update: House Approves Multi-Year Highway Bill Containing Funding for ADHS
On March 10, 2005, the House of Representatives approved a multi-year highway bill to replace the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.
 February 2005
Legislative Update: Administration's FY 2006 Budget Proposes Level Funding for ARC
President Bush's proposed FY 2006 budget, released February 7, 2005, provides $65.5 million for ARC's nonhighway programs. The administration's proposed multi-year highway legislation calls for $450 million annually for construction of the Appalachian Development Highway System.
 November 2004
Legislative Update: ARC Receives Level Funding in FY 2005 Federal Budget
On November 20, 2004, the House of Representatives and the Senate completed action on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, which provides $66 million for ARC's nonhighway program for FY 2005.
 September 2004
Legislative Update: President Signs Short-Term Continuing Resolution Providing ARC Funding; Congress Approves Extension of ADHS Program through May 2005
A continuing resolution signed by President Bush on September 30, 2004, will provide funding for ARC at its FY 2004 level through November 20. Also on September 30, Congress approved an eight-month extension of federal highway programs, including the Appalachian Development Highway System.
 June 2004
Legislative Update: House Approves ARC FY 2005 Funding Legislation; ADHS Funding Legislation in Conference
On June 25, 2004, the House of Representatives approved the FY 2005 energy and water development appropriations bill containing $38.5 million for ARC's nonhighway programs. A multi-year highway bill that would fund the Appalachian Development Highway System through FY 2009 is under consideration in a House-Senate conference.
 April 2004
Legislative Update: House Passes ADHS Funding Legislation
On April 2, 2004, the House of Representatives approved its version of a multi-year highway bill that would provide funding for the Appalachian Development Highway System for fiscal years 2004 through 2009.
 March 2004
Legislative Update: House Committee Approves ADHS Funding Legislation
On March 24, 2004, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a multi-year highway bill that authorizes funding for the Appalachian Development Highway System from FY 2004 through FY 2009.
 February 2004
Legislative Update: Administration Proposes FY 2005 Budget for ARC
The Bush administration's proposed FY 2005 budget maintains funding of $66 million for ARC's nonhighway economic development programs and regional initiatives. Funding for the Appalachian Development Highway System would remain at $450 million.
 December 2003
Legislative Update: President Bush Signs ARC Fiscal Year 2004 Appropriations Bill
President George W. Bush signed into law the 2004 energy and water development appropriations act, containing $66.0 million for ARC's area development programs, on December 1, 2003.
 November 2003
Legislative Update: House and Senate Approve ARC Fiscal Year 2004 Funding; Senate Committee Approves Multi-Year Highway Bill Containing ADHS Funding
The Senate and House passed a compromise version of the FY 2004 energy and water development appropriations bill, containing ARC's nonhighway programs funding, on November 18, 2003. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a multi-year bill that would authorize $590 million per year for the Appalachian Development Highway System on November 12.
 September 2003
Legislative Update: Senate Approves ARC FY 2004 Funding Legislation
The Senate approved its version of the FY 2004 energy and water development appropriations bill on September 16, 2003. The bill includes $71.1 million for ARC's nonhighway programs.
 July 2003
Legislative Update: House, Senate Act on ARC FY 2004 Funding Legislation
In July 2003 the House of Representatives passed its FY 2004 energy and water development appropriations bill, containing $33.1 million for ARC's nonhighway programs. The Senate Committee on Appropriations also approved its version of the legislation, which includes $71 million for ARC.
 July 2003
Legislative Update: House, Senate Consider ARC FY 2004 Funding Legislation
On July 9, 2003, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved legislation containing $33.1 million for ARC's FY 2004 nonhighway programs. The Senate subcommittee will consider its bill the week of July 14.
 May 2003
Legislative Update: Proposed Transportation Legislation Includes Funding for ADHS through Fiscal Year 2009
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2003 would provide a total of $2.7 billion for the Appalachian Development Highway System.
 February 2003
Legislative Update: President Bush Signs ARC FY 2003 Appropriations Bill
ARC will receive $70.9 million in FY 2003 for its area development programs under the "Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003," signed into law by President George W. Bush on February 20, 2003.
 September 2002
Legislative Update: House, Senate Appropriations Committees Approve ARC FY 2003 Funding Legislation
The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations approved its FY 2003 energy and water development appropriations bill on September 5, 2002. The bill contains $71.3 million for ARC's nonhighway programs. The Senate appropriations committee's version of the bill, approved July 24, provides $74.3 million.
 July 2002
Legislative Update: House, Senate Consider ARC FY 2003 Funding Legislation
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved legislation containing $71.3 million for ARC's nonhighway programs in FY 2003. The full House and Senate appropriations committees are expected to consider the legislation in July.
 March 2002
Legislative Update: President Bush Signs ARC Reauthorization into Law
The Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2002 extend ARC's nonhighway programs and authorize funding through FY 2006.