Investing in Appalachia’s economic future.

Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development partnership agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia.

A Region of Great Opportunity

ARC invests in Appalachia’s economic future by providing grants, publishing research, and sponsoring learning experiences – all to help the Region’s communities seize their opportunities, address economic disparity and advance prosperity.

Research and Resources

Extending Appalachia’s Welcome Through Tourism

Extending Our Welcome: Trends and Strategies for Tourism in Appalachia is a new ARC report produced in partnership with University of Tennessee Knoxville and Collective Impact. The report looks at the history of tourism in Appalachia and makes recommendations for communities looking to employ it as an economic strategy.

Helping Nonprofits Navigate COVID-19

ARC’s Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center is now offering expertly curated  resources on financial management, sustainable operations, fundraising, and other tools free of charge. The resource directory is primarily responsive to the specific needs of Appalachian nonprofits during the COVID crisis and will be continually updated throughout 2021.

Available Opportunities

In The Region


This Week

This week, the ninth Rx Summit was held virtually, with discussions covering rural areas, telehealth, managing treatment during a pandemic, and more. The Rx Summit is the largest national gathering of government, business, care providers, and other entities impacted by substance use disorder and began through the leadership of U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers and Operation UNITE, both from Eastern Kentucky. President Biden, one of four presidents to address attendees, emphasized “the crisis is national, but the struggle is personal.”

COVID-19 in Appalachia

As COVID-19 continues to impact the nation, ARC is carefully monitoring its effects in Appalachia. ARC’s goal during this crisis is to be a resource hub for the Region. Explore our maps, data, and webinars collected from the federal government, the 13 Appalachian state governments, and our partners.

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