Area Development Program

ARC’s Area Development program relies on a flexible “bottom up” approach to economic development, empowering Appalachian communities to work with their state governments to design impactful investment opportunities supporting our mission and investment priorities.

Within the scope of our Strategic Plan, ARC’s Area Development program makes investments in two general areas: critical infrastructure and business and workforce development. Critical infrastructure investments mainly include water and wastewater systems, transportation networks, broadband, and other projects anchoring regional economic development. Business and workforce investments primarily focus on entrepreneurship, worker training and education, food systems, leadership, and other human capital development.

All ARC Area Development grant proposals originate at the state level in consultation with the ARC state program manager.

Managing Construction Projects

ARC’s investments in roads, buildings, water systems, broadband networks and other brick-and-mortar projects are administered by a designated Basic Agency, a federal or state public agency experienced at managing federal construction grants. Basic Agencies oversee environmental reviews, construction progress, grant payments and reimbursements, and all federal, state, and local compliance issues.

Managing Non-Construction Projects

ARC’s non-construction investments in workforce training, food systems, asset development, and other human capital initiatives are mostly managed directly by ARC staff. Successful grant applications will be assigned to an appropriate ARC subject matter expert who will monitor progress and facilitate payments.