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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

In the Region This Week: March 23
SOAR strategy to bring affordable broadband to eastern Kentucky; DDAA conference spotlights Appalachia's changing workforce development needs; "30 Mile Meal" branding program boosts West Virginia's food and farm businesses.  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: March 16
Eastern Kentucky's tech sector builds momentum with workforce retraining for next-generation jobs; local food producers connect with wholesale markets on the Central Appalachian Food Enterprise Corridor; applications are due March 24 for "gateway communities" sustainable development workshop.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

Appalachian Gateway Communities 2017 Regional Workshop flyer
Applications Due March 24 for ARC-NEA Gateway Communities Technical Assistance Workshop
The May 9-11 workshop in Ringgold, Georgia, will help teams from Appalachian "gateway communities" develop sustainable action plans for capitalizing on their area's unique natural and cultural-heritage resources.  Learn more and apply
 
 

ARC Announces $26 Million to Strengthen Appalachia's Coal-Impacted Economy
On January 19, ARC announced $26 million in investments to diversify economies in coal-impacted communities in five Appalachian states. The 31 awards will allow communities to train more than 7,300 workers and students in certificate, credentialing, and other workforce development programs, and create or retain more than 2.500 jobs in the Region. These awards build on the $47 million ARC has invested since 2015 to help diversify economies in the Region's coal-impacted communities.   Press release
 
 

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 early 2017.  Read volume 1