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
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.
Area Development Program
ARC’s INSPIRE Initiative
ARC’s POWER Initiative
Technology Consultation for Grants Management
ARC seeks proposals from companies and consultants to analyze, understand, and recommend a technology strategy/roadmap that will compliantly and efficiently automate (pre-application to close-out) ARC’s grants management process.
In The Region
Appalachian Leadership Institute fellows met to discuss how to sustainably use local assets for place-based economic development. The two-day session included a fireside chat with former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, a deep dive into ARC’s report “Extending Our Welcome: Trends and Strategies for Tourism in Appalachia,” and panels featuring art and tourism experts.
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.