General Policy and Disclaimer
ARC welcomes you to its website and hopes that you will find the
information presented useful and informative. While the information has
been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no
warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding accuracy, adequacy,
completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information. We
welcome suggestions regarding site improvements.
When you browse the ARC website or download files, certain information
about your visit is automatically gathered and stored. This information
does not identify you personally and is not readable by other servers. We
gather this information to help us make our site and services more useful
to you. We do not collect personally identifiable information unless you
voluntarily submit it on our website.
If you send an email to ARC staff through this website, the personal
information you provide will be used only to respond to your message. We
will not disclose or share this personal information outside of ARC without
your explicit permission.
Unless you set your browser to block cookies, cookies will be placed onto
your computer's browser when you visit our site. The date and time, the
originating IP address, the object requested, and the completion status of
the request are collected and saved for each request received by the server.
We use a company to collect this information on our behalf. This company,
In addition, we use a third-party email service provider called
MailChimp to manage our email distribution lists. If you are signed up for
and when you open the emails and which content you click on. See
MailChimp's cookie statement.
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is small data file used by websites to track your Internet use.
When you visit a website, the site may place a cookie on your web browser
so that it can recognize your computer in the future. Cookies cannot read
data from your computer's hard drive or read cookie files from other
remember your browser when it is used to visit our site again later.
Although using persistent cookies creates a more streamlined experience for
the user, our website will also work without them.
When you first enter ARC's website, you will see a pop-up that allows you
to enter your name and email address, and choose the ARC email distribution
list(s) you would like to join. Entering this information is voluntary. If
you do not wish to provide this information, click on the top right
corner of the pop-up to close it.
MailChimp, a third-party email service provider, manages ARC's email
distribution lists. Links to MailChimp's policies are provided under
Deleting or Blocking Cookies
If you do not wish a cookie to be placed on your computer, you may set your
browser to block cookies. Web browsers enable you to set your cookie
preferences before you start browsing.
If you already enabled a cookie, you may delete the cookie by emptying
your cache or deleting them from your browser folder. You can clear your
browser to completely remove all browsing data from your hard drive. If you
have more than one browser, be sure to delete browsing data from each
browser to remove all data from your computer.
The cookies that ARC installs via its home page pop-up will expire after
ARC manages a presence on social media sites such as YouTube, Twitter, and
Facebook. We do not collect any personally identifiable information through
these sites. Each social media platform has its own privacy, security, and
accessibility policies. We encourage you to read these policies before
engaging in social media, especially if you share any personal information.
Links to Other Sites
ARC provides links to other websites for your convenience. These links
provide information that may be useful or interesting. However, we cannot
attest to the accuracy of the information provided by these links, and the
links are not meant to endorse the sponsors of the sites, or the
information or products presented.
These third-party websites are not within our control and have their own
privacy, security, and accessibility policies. Once you link to another
site, you are subject to the policies of that site. We encourage you to
read the privacy and information security policies of any website you link
to from ours, especially if you share any personal information.
For site security and to ensure that the ARC website remains available to
all users, this computer system employs commercial software programs to
monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or
change information, deny service, otherwise cause damage, or access non-
public information. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change
information are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under computer
crime laws. Information regarding possible violations of law may be
provided to law enforcement officials.
ARC is committed to making this site equally available to all persons. We
follow current federal accessibility guidelines to ensure the site is
accessible to those using standard screen-reading devices. We strive to
make this site accessible to users with text-based browsers, low-end
processors, slow modem connections, and limited or no multimedia
capabilities. Alternative file versions and printed text are also available
Questions and Participation
We welcome your participation and comments. If you have any questions about
this policy or any information contained on our website or social media
pages, contact the ARC Director of Public
Affairs and Assistant General
Use or Reproduction of Material from the ARC
Works prepared by ARC employees in the scope of their employment are not
subject to copyright protection. These works are in the public domain and
may be copied and distributed without permission. For example, the country,
state, and regional maps on this website, which were created by ARC
employees, are in the public domain and may be used without permission. We
request that you cite the Appalachian Regional Commission as the source and
provide the URL.
Please be aware that other material on this website is not in the public
domain, such as material produced by contractors, and maps and other
material on websites linked to this site. For example, the Bon Appetit
Appalachia! tourism mapguide on www.visitappalachia.com is not in the
public domain. Copying such protected materials on this website, except for
the purposes of fair use as defined in copyright law, is prohibited. It is
the responsibility of individuals wishing to use information from the ARC
site to seek appropriate professional counsel about proper use of material
restricted by copyrights or other limits of law.
Restricted Commercial Use
Unauthorized commercial publication or exploitation of protected text,
images, content, or other materials from this website is prohibited. Anyone
wishing to use any of the protected materials on this website for
commercial use, publication, or any purpose other than fair use as defined
by law, must request and receive prior written permission from the
individual intellectual property right holder(s).
Works Created by Contractors
Individuals interested in copying or distributing research reports, and
other work produced by ARC contractors or partners, should contact the ARC
Director of Public Affairs or the Assistant General Counsel.
Use of ARC Logo or Seal
The ARC logo may not be used or reproduced without written permission from
If you have any questions or comments on the information presented here,
please send them to the ARC