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ARC Awards Nearly $1.7 Million to Grow Workforces in Cybersecurity, Infrastructure and Housing Capacity Across Six Appalachian States

Four new multi-state ARISE grants spur economic development in key industries in Appalachia. WASHINGTON, D.C., May 9, 2024—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded four new grants totaling nearly $1.7 million to develop workforce capacity plans in key industries— cybersecurity, infrastructure, geographical information systems (GIS) development and housing. The grants,…
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ARC Selects 88 Local Governments to Receive No-Cost Training, Access to Funding through READY Local Governments Initiative 

READY Local Governments will provide training, expert guidance, and funding opportunities to help local governments in the Appalachian Region apply for, manage, and implement federal funding. WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2024—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced the 88 local government entities, representing 12 Appalachian states, selected to participate…
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ARC Seeking Applicants for No-cost Leadership Development Program for Appalachian Community Leaders

Public, private, and nonprofit leaders throughout Appalachia are encouraged to apply for ARC’s free nine-month training program. WASHINGTON, D.C., April 10, 2024—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) opened applications for the sixth class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute (ALI), a nine-month leadership development training opportunity with a focus on economic…
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ARC Awards $17 Million to Multi-state Workforce and Tourism Development Projects

Two new ARISE grants promote multi-state solutions to outdoor recreation tourism and behavioral healthcare challenges across Appalachian Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4, 2024—Today the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded two new grants totaling $17 million to boost outdoor recreation tourism and strengthen the behavioral healthcare…
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ARC Launches New Funding Opportunity for Appalachian Regional Energy Hub  

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2024—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) launched the Appalachian Regional Energy Hub Initiative, a funding opportunity that makes available up to $5 million for eligible applicants to:   Conduct research on natural gas and natural gas liquid supply and demand opportunities; or  Support…
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ARC Awards Nearly $1.7 Million to Multi-state Economic Development Projects in Northern and Central Appalachia

Four new ARISE grants promote multi-state solutions to transit, tourism, downtown revitalization and local investment challenges in Appalachia. WASHINGTON, D.C., February 29, 2024—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded four new grants totaling nearly $1.7 million to boost transportation, downtown revitalization, tourism and local access to capital through its…
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ARC Opens Applications for 2024 Substance Use Disorder Recovery-to-Work Projects

Applications for ARC’s 2024 INSPIRE Initiative to address substance use disorder workforce challenges are due March 8, 2024. WASHINGTON, D.C., January 8, 2024—Today the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) issued a Notice of Solicitation of Applications for its Investments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative, which addresses…
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ARC Accepting Applications for Summer Study Programs in Entrepreneurship and STEM for Region’s Middle and High School Students

Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy and Appalachian STEM Academy applications due February 2, 2024. WASHINGTON, D.C., December 12, 2023—The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) opened applications for two summer study opportunities: the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) and the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge. Both programs, planned for summer 2023, are free…
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