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ARC Seeks Professional Photographer/Videographer
ARC is seeking a photographer/videographer to document the seven field-based sessions of the Appalachian Leadership Institute 2019-2020 program. The scope of work includes photography at working sessions, field visits, and other events; promotional video production; and professional headshot services between October, 2019 - July, 2020. Read the Request for Proposals. Proposal submission deadline: August 16, 2019.
 
 

In the Region This Week: July 18
In this issue: A new report summarizes findings from six ARC hosted Recovery-to-Work listenings sessions and offers five key themes that will be used by ARC's Substance Abuse Advisory Council to make final recommendations later this year; ARC support will help Houston, Mississippi develop more warehouse space to expand furniture manufacturing sector. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Seeks Proposals to Develop High School Summer Entrepreneurship Training Program
ARC is currently seeking proposals from eligible organizations to develop and produce a high school entrepreneurship summer program. The program, a new ARC initiative, will provide comprehensive entrepreneurial training and supportive services to selected high school students who will be seniors during the 2020-2021 academic year. Read the Request for Proposals. Proposal submission deadline: September 6, 2019.
 
 

New Report Summarizes Findings from Six ARC Recovery-to-Work Listening Sessions
ARC has released a new synopsis report of the Recovery-to-Work listening sessions hosted by the Commission in six states (Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia) from December 2018–April 2019. The report summarizes the outcome of those community-based discussions and identifies five common themes that ARC should consider when addressing the economic issues stemming from substance abuse. ARC's Substance Abuse Advisory Council—a 24-member volunteer advisory group with members representing each of the 13 Appalachian states—will use this information when preparing their final recommendations for the Commission to review this September. Read the press release.
 
 

In the Region This Week: July 11
In this issue: Registration is now open for Appalachia Strong, ARC's 2019 Annual Summit September 4-6 in Asheville, North Carolina; ARC support helps partners in Appalachian Kentucky transition dislocated workers into digital careers. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

Registration for Appalachia Strong, ARC's 2019 Annual Summit, is Now Open
On September 4-6, 2019, hundreds will gather at ARC's 2019 Annual Summit to exchange ideas, foster partnerships, and discuss strategies that are fueling Appalachia's prosperity, progress, and growth. Hosted in Asheville by the State of North Carolina, the agenda is filled with panel discussions and mobile workshops, as well as focused learning tracks to help attendees continue strengthening the Region. All that's missing is you. Register here.
 
 

In the Region This Week: June 27
In this issue: ARC issues County Economic Status Designations for FY 2020, an annual report that helps determine ARC match requirements and overall investment strategies; ARC seeks partner to help conceptualize and conduct a high-school entrepreneurship summer program. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

Appalachian County Economic Status Designations for Fiscal Year 2020 shows lowest number of designated distressed counties in over a decade.
ARC has released its County Economic Status Designations for Fiscal Year 2020, which annually ranks the economic status of each of the Region's 420 counties using a composite index formula drawing on national data. According to ARC's County Economic Status Designations for Fiscal Year 2020, 80 counties will be considered distressed, the lowest number of designated distressed counties since 2008. The County Economic Status Designations are primarily used to help the Region's 13 states develop economic investment strategies for the forthcoming year. Read the press release.
 
 

Legislative Update
On June 19, the U.S. House of Representative passed the FY20 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Act, which includes $170 million for ARC in the forthcoming fiscal year (the highest non-highway funding in ARC's history). This appropriation includes $50 million for POWER, $10 million to continue a program of broadband deployment in distressed counties in Central Appalachia, and $10 million for projects focused on workforce reentry strategies for Appalachians in long-term recovery from substance abuse disorder. The balance will fund ARC's regular programs. These are the same funding levels recommended by the House Appropriations Committee in May, 2019. Senate action remains pending.
 
 

In the Region This Week: June 20
In this issue: ARC Application Writing Workshop helps 70 local leaders, development professionals and community representatives in North Carolina learn how to craft stronger grant proposals; With ARC support, Genesee Valley School District launches on-site dental program to bring health care access to students - an important step in overcoming the county's low dental access rates. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: June 13
In this issue: ARC support helps Community Colleges of Appalachia double membership and hold its largest conference to date, during which regional colleges were honored for their outstanding initiatives; SWVA's 19 counties are finding economic boosts through natural and cultural assets. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: June 6
In this issue: ARC hosts 200+ at two free grant-writing workshops for DOL WORC grants, which offer up to $2.5 million for workforce development programs in Appalachia; ARC support helps Williamson, WV conduct broadband study to eventually enhance internet access across Mingo County. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In Focus, June 2019: Charting Appalachia's Economic Growth
Dive into the 300,000 data points about Appalachia's socioeconomic experience in The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013–2017 American Community Survey, also known as "The Chartbook," and learn more about how this data is driving ARC research in this issue of In Focus: Issues and Ideas Shaping Development in Appalachia. Read more and subscribe.