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In the Region This Week: May 25
Appalachian social entrepreneurs explore building business for profit and positive impact at ACOSE 2017; Green Forests Work grows opportunity, honors Flight 93 by reforesting former Pennsylvania mine site; Kentucky's Justin Hall is one of Fast Company's "100 most creative" for retraining coal workers for coding careers.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Seeks Proposals for Communications and Community Outreach Technical Assistance Services
ARC is soliciting proposals for technical assistance services to help ARC POWER grantees specializing in economic development in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities develop additional skills in communications and community outreach. Proposals are due June 1.  Request for proposals (PDF: 200 KB)

In the Region This Week: May 18
Dream It Do It manufacturing initiative makes classroom-to-career connection in New York high schools; West Virginia county offers harm-reduction help as part of substance abuse prevention strategy; stargazing tourism poses economic development opportunity for rural areas.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

Legislative Update: President Trump Signs FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation
On May 5, the president signed compromise legislation funding the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2017. The measure provides $152 million for ARC programs.  Legislative update

In the Region This Week: May 11
Action-planning workshop helps Appalachian "gateway" communities get ready for natural and cultural heritage tourism; Smiling Schools brings oral health care to eastern Kentucky elementary students; southwest Virginia economic forum explores avenues to regional job growth.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Announces $2.4 Million in Additional Investments to Strengthen Economy in Region's Coal-Impacted Communities
On March 28, ARC announced $2.4 million in investments to continue diversifying the economy in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities. The investments will create and retain hundreds of jobs in advanced manufacturing and agriculture, build a workforce pipeline through the Region's community colleges, and identify additional economic opportunities for economic growth in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. With these awards, ARC has now invested $75.5 million to diversify the economy in 236 coal-impacted counties across nine Appalachian states.  Press release

ARC investment fact sheet
New Resource: ARC Investment Fact Sheets
A new downloadable fact sheet series details ARC's recent investments and their impacts in each of the 13 Appalachian states and across the Region. In addition to funding data, the fact sheets offer snapshots of individual investments at work and county economic status maps.  Download fact sheets

ARC Releases Toolkit to Help Rural Communities Expand Broadband Service
The Broadband Planning Primer and Toolkit offers information and resources to guide rural Appalachian communities as they undertake broadband planning and implementation efforts.  Press release and toolkit

Study to Evaluate Highway System's Impact on the Appalachian Economy
An ARC study will look at how the Appalachian Development Highway System's development has affected economic growth in Appalachia, as well as the future economic benefits and costs of completing the system. The first volume of the study, which summarizes previously published ADHS impact studies, is now available; the full report will be published in mid 2017.  Read volume 1