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Appalachian Regional Commission Welcomes Brandon McBride As New Executive Director

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2020 – Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced that Brandon McBride will join the Agency as ARC’s Executive Director. As the Executive Director, McBride will lead the administrative, programmatic, and fiscal management of ARC to ensure that the organization’s structure, budget, and programs support…
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Appalachian Regional Commission Develops Free Resources and Tools to Help Regional Nonprofits Meet COVID Related Operational Challenges

More than 100 Regional Nonprofits Receive Dedicated Coaching Through Innovative Cohort Model WASHINGTON, D.C., November 9, 2020—Today, ARC announced the Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center (ANRC) is now offering expertly curated  resources on financial management, sustainable operations, fundraising, and other tools free of charge. Although the resource directory is primarily responsive to…
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Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $43.3 Million to Continue Economic Growth in Region’s Coal-Impacted Communities

Emphasis on Recovery-To-Work Efforts and Broadband Development in 12 Appalachian States WASHINGTON, D.C., October 14, 2020—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced $43.3 million across 51 projects to support economic diversification in the Region’s coal-impacted communities. More than half of these investments will support recovery-to-work efforts or strengthen…
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President Trump Signs Continuing Resolution

On September 30, 2020, P.L. 116-159 was signed into law by President Trump to implement a Continuing Resolution funding all Federal agencies at the same rate as Fiscal Year 2020.  Under this legislation, ARC will be operating at an annual budget of $175 million through December 11,2020. The law also…
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ARC Accepting Applications for New Initiative to Address Region’s Substance Abuse Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 3, 2020—Today, in recognition of National Recovery Month, the Appalachian Regional Commission issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for INvestments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE), a $10 million initiative to address the Region’s substance abuse crisis by creating or expanding a recovery ecosystem…
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Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy Begins This Week for 19 Rising High School Seniors From 9 Appalachian States

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7, 2020—This week, 19 rising high-school seniors from 9 Appalachian states began the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA)—a 12-month, free, blended learning curriculum featuring working modules led by regional experts in business planning, market analysis, product development and other entrepreneurial services. As part of the program, students will participate…
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ARC Releases The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from 2014–2018 Showing Regional Pre-COVID Economic Trends Were Improving, Although Continued to Lag Behind Nation as a Whole

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2020—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission released The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2014–2018 American Community Survey, also known as “The Chartbook.” Drawing from the American Community Survey and comparable Census Population Estimates available as of 2018, the data predates the COVID-19 crisis. The report…
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ARC Announces $3.75 Million for Emergency Business Response Assistance Program to be Administered by Appalachian Community Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2020—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced a $3.75 million grant to Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) for the ARC-ACC Emergency Business Response Assistance Program to strengthen and stabilize the Region’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other mission-driven development finance lenders serving small businesses impacted by COVID-19…
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