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Murray County, GA: A New Brand

The Murray County, GA team attended the 2017 Ringgold, GA Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative (AGCI) workshop as a disconnected group comprising community members ranging from Arts Council’s President to a Water Commission’s General Manager. Representing a community with a growing downtown and arts scene, the dedicated volunteers applied…

Budget, Performance, and Policy

ARC’s work complies with the Appalachian Regional Development Act (ARDA) and the ARC Code.   As a direct recipient of Congressionally appropriated funds, ARC files a budget proposal and Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) each year. Explore the documents that…

The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2018-2022 American Community Survey

This study examines state- and county-level data for the 13 Appalachian states from the 2018-2022 American Community Survey (ACS) and from U.S. Census Bureau population estimates on topics including population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy and tenure, education, labor force, employment and unemployment, income and poverty, health insurance coverage,…

Mini SOAR Summit

March 06, 2022, 7:00 PM - March 07, 2022, 7:00 PM
The first-ever Mini SOAR Summit, presented by Kentucky Power, is coming to Ashland, KY, on March 7-8, 2022! Join us for breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and interactive discussions focusing on tourism and downtown revitalization. To stay up-to-date on SOAR events, click the link below to…

Appalachia’s Outdoors: A Gateway to Growth

Appalachia is home to the nation’s most-visited national park, The Great Smoky Mountains, and the newest national park, New River Gorge. The region is also home to national forests and national historical parks, more than 225 state parks, world-class trail systems, and more. Together, these natural assets…

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New Research Identifies Opportunities and Challenges in Appalachia’s Tourism Economy

Recommendations and Twelve Community Case Studies Available for Use in Local Tourism Planning  WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2021 – Today, Appalachian Regional Commission released Extending Our Welcome: Trends and Strategies for Tourism in Appalachia, a new report produced in partnership with University of Tennessee Knoxville and Collective Impact. Using qualitative and quantitative research, including publicly…