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Program Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Infrastructure and Public Works Projects
September 2013
HDR Decision Economics, Cambridge Systematics Economic Development Research Group, and Mt. Auburn Associates
This program evaluation examined ARC investments in infrastructure projects funded in fiscal years 2004-2010.
Abstract & Report Contents   Full report in PDF (3.0 MB)
Strategies for Economic Improvement in Appalachia's Distressed Rural Counties
May 2012
Tim Ezzell, Dayton Lambert, and Eric Ogle
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
This report provides an understanding of the challenges confronting economic and community development efforts in rural Appalachian communities and explains the ways local governments, agencies, and community organizations plan and respond to challenging
Abstract & Report Contents   Full Report in PDF (12.9 MB)
Planning and Financing Energy Efficient Infrastructure in Appalachia
December 2011
The Cadmus Group, Inc., with academic partners West Virginia University Regional Research Institute, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Prepared for the Appalachian Regional Commission.
This study describes the benefits of capturing energy efficiency in public infrastructure, identifies best practices in energy conservation being implemented by communities in or near the Appalachian Region, and documents costs and financial returns.
Abstract & Report Contents   Full Report in PDF (2 MB)
Program Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Infrastructure and Public Works Projects
October 2007
BizMiner/Brandow Company, Inc. and Economic Development Research Group, Inc.
During 2006, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) conducted an evaluation of infrastructure and public works projects to determine if projects achieved their original objectives. In addition, as part of the Commission's ongoing performance evaluation
Abstract & Report Contents   Full Report in PDF (1.5 MB)
Standards of Living in Appalachia, 1960 -- 2000
September 2007
Black, Dan A., Mark Mather, and Seth G. Sanders
University of Chicago, Population Reference Bureau, and University of Maryland at College Park
This report uses data from the 1960 to 2000 decennial census to measures the extent to which standards of living among Appalachian families have improved, and to examine housing and consumption trends
Abstract & Report Contents   Full Report in PDF (239 KB)
Sources of Regional Growth in Non-Metro Appalachia
January 2007
Economic Development Research Group, Inc., Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., MIT Dept of Urban Studies and Planning
The Sources of Growth project is part of a series of research efforts funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission to improve understanding of factors affecting economic growth in rural and distressed areas.
Abstract & Report Contents   Full Report (Volumes 1 4) in PDF (4 MB)
Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: An Analysis of Capital Funding and Funding Gaps
August 2005
University of North Carolina Environmental Financing Center
This report analyzes the conditions of water and wastewater services in the Appalachian Region and attempts to assess the financial requirements and strategies available to improve the quality of drinking water and wastewater services in the region.
Abstract & Report Contents   Full Report in PDF (3.7 MB)
Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Infrastructure and Public Works Program Projects
June 2000
The Brandow Company and Economic Development Research Group, Inc.
ARC commissioned this evaluation of infrastructure and public works projects in order to determine the extent to which these projects have achieved their originally stated objectives.
Abstract & Report Contents   Full Report in PDF (1 MB)