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POWER 2016 Grants: Through the POWER Initiative, ARC is investing $26.7 million to strengthen the economy in 142 coal-impacted counties.

NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

In the Region This Week: August 25
2016 POWER investments announced this week will create new opportunities in Appalachia's emerging economic sectors; West Virginia roundtable showcases strategies for helping diversify local economies in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces $26.7 Million in 2016 POWER Investments in the Appalachian Region
On August 24, ARC announced the award of $26.7 million in grants through the administration's POWER Initiative to help stimulate economic growth and opportunity in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities. Part of the administration's total $38.8 million in 2016 POWER investments announced, the grants will benefit 142 counties in Appalachia and leverage an estimated $49.4 million in additional investments in the Region.  Learn more
 
 

In the Region This Week: August 18
Local groups use social media tools to combat Appalachia's opioid crisis; "gateway" communities create opportunity through natural and cultural assets; planning a future beyond coal.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

ARC Seeks Proposals for Two New Research Studies
The Commission invites proposals from qualified research teams for two new studies: one that will examine economic resilience in Appalachia, and one that will evaluate ARC leadership and community capacity projects. Proposals are due in late August.  See the requests for proposals
 
 

ARC's 2016 Annual Conference to Focus on Rural Development
The Commission's August 30–31 conference, in Johnson City, Tennessee, will explore how strategic investments are helping Appalachia's rural communities build strong, resilient local economies.   Learn more
 
 

ARC Releases Bon Appétit Appalachia! Map Guide to Local Food Businesses in Appalachia
ARC has released Bon Appétit Appalachia!, a searchable online map of local food businesses and entrepreneurs operating in the Appalachian Region. The map includes more than 830 local farms, restaurants, bakeries, breweries, wineries, and festivals in the 13 Appalachian states. An abridged print version of the map is being published in regional Edible Communities magazines in and around the Region.  Press release
 
 

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 December 2016.  Read volume 1