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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

In the Region This Week: April 27
Appalachian Hatchery grows new opportunities in coal-impacted southern West Virginia; Toccoa makes an economic mark as one of Georgia's Exceptional Main Streets; drone port could bring high-tech R&D jobs to Kentucky.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces $2.4 Million in Additional Investments to Strengthen Economy in Region's Coal-Impacted Communities
On March 28, ARC announced $2.4 million in investments to continue diversifying the economy in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities. The investments will create and retain hundreds of jobs in advanced manufacturing and agriculture, build a workforce pipeline through the Region's community colleges, and identify additional economic opportunities for economic growth in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. With these awards, ARC has now invested $75.5 million to diversify the economy in 236 coal-impacted counties across nine Appalachian states.  Press release
 
 

In the Region This Week: April 20
Community-based organizations in Appalachia use social media to get the message out against substance abuse; northwest Georgia is the global leader in the floor-covering industry; new crafts trail will lead tours to Blue Ridge artists.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

Legislative Update: President's FY 2018 Budget Blueprint Outlines Spending Priorities, Proposes Elimination of Agencies Including ARC
Released March 16, the president's budget blueprint proposes increased federal funding for certain defense, security, and other programs, with the increases offset by proposed reductions in or elimination of a range of programs, including ARC.  Legislative update
 
 

ARC investment fact sheet
New Resource: ARC Investment Fact Sheets
A new downloadable fact sheet series details ARC's recent investments and their impacts in each of the 13 Appalachian states and across the Region. In addition to funding data, the fact sheets offer snapshots of individual investments at work and county economic status maps.  Download fact sheets
 
 

In the Region This Week: April 13
Appalachia's railways face new challenges as coal economy changes; downtown wifi success leads to broadband expansion plans for Eupora, Mississippi; Local Foods, Local Places initiative helps West Virginia community boost opportunities for farmers and food entrepreneurs.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

ARC Releases Toolkit to Help Rural Communities Expand Broadband Service
The Broadband Planning Primer and Toolkit offers information and resources to guide rural Appalachian communities as they undertake broadband planning and implementation efforts.  Press release and toolkit
 
 

Study to Evaluate Highway System's Impact on the Appalachian Economy
An ARC study will look at how the Appalachian Development Highway System's development has affected economic growth in Appalachia, as well as the future economic benefits and costs of completing the system. The first volume of the study, which summarizes previously published ADHS impact studies, is now available; the full report will be published in mid 2017.  Read volume 1