The COVID-19 crisis continues to present short- and long-term implications for the Region. Throughout the crisis, ARC has continued our commitment to growing Appalachia’s economic potential. We’ve worked with our state and local partners to adjust grant investments, expanded research initiatives, and refocused educational outreach to support community needs.
Investing in Resilience
COVID has created economic and other challenges in every Appalachian community. Yet, Appalachians continue to demonstrate resilience. Using ARC support, small businesses have accessed emergency capital, towns have expanded broadband capabilities, and manufacturers have pivoted to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Communities across the Region are adapting their resources to meet new challenges.
COVID Cases in Appalachia
In March 2020, COVID cases were first confirmed in Appalachia. By July 26, 2020, every one of the Region’s 423 counties recorded confirmed cases. ARC’s research team is constantly tracking maps, local data, and other information to better understand COVID’s impact in Appalachia.
Maps and Data 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.
Investments in Action
Carolina Textile District Pivots to PPE Production
Since the COVID crisis began, ARC has partnered with Regional experts to discuss how the Region is adapting its resources, strategies, and other assets to address these unique challenges. These conversations continue to demonstrate community leadership, resourcefulness, and resilience.
Watch these ARC-facilitated conversations: