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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)
Access to Capital and Credit in Appalachia and the Impact of the Financial Crisis and Recession on Commercial Lending and Finance in the Region
July 2013
Josh Silver and Archana Pradhan, National Community Reinvestment Coalition; and Spencer M. Cowan, Woodstock Institute
This study examines recent trends in the availability of capital and credit for small businesses in the Appalachian Region, compares financial conditions in 2010 with those in 2007, and assesses the impact of strategies to address capital gaps.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (8.5 MB)
The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey
February 2013
Kelvin Pollard and Linda A. Jacobsen
Population Reference Bureau
This study examines state- and county-level data on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy and housing tenure, education, labor force, employment and unemployment, income and poverty, and migration patterns for the 13 Appalachian states.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (6 MB)
Household Wealth and Financial Security in Appalachia
November 2013
Linda A. Jacobsen, Marlene Lee, and Kelvin Pollard
Population Reference Bureau
This report analyzes the effects of the recent recession on household wealth and economic well-being in Appalachia and assesses whether the Region has been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (3 MB)
Entrepreneurial Appalachia: Case Studies in Evolving Economic Sectors
November 2013
Rural Support Partners
This report summarizes entrepreneurial opportunities in the energy, health, manufacturing and local food sectors, and examines innovative projects that demonstrate multiple benefits to Appalachian communities.
Abstract & Report Contents Full report in PDF (3.3 MB)