ARC Web and Privacy Policy

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.

Information Collected
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, Google Analytics, has its own privacy policy, terms of use, and cookie statement. See Google Analytics’ privacy policy and Google Analytics’ cookie use.

In addition, we use a third-party email service provider called MailChimp to manage our email distribution lists. If you are signed up for an ARC email distribution list, MailChimp will use cookies to track whether and when you open the emails and which content you click on. See MailChimp’s privacy policy and 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 websites.

Our website uses cookies to gather summary demographic information, and 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 “Cookies,” above.

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 one year.

Social Media
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 on request.

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 Communications and Deputy General Counsel.

Copyright Information

Use or Reproduction of Material from the ARC Website
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 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 Communications or the Deputy General Counsel.

Use of ARC Logo or Seal
The ARC logo may not be used or reproduced without written permission from ARC.

If you have any questions or comments on the information presented here, please send them to the ARC Webmaster.