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Appalachia Works: Expanding Opportunities for Our Region's Future. ARC Summit, September 12-14. Register Now at www.arc.gov/conference

NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

Webinar to Assist Appalachian Applicants Compete for Opioid Response Planning Grants
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program is now accepting applications for planning grants to support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural counties at the highest risk for substance use disorder, including the 220 counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being at risk for HIV and Hepatitis C infections due to injection drug use. Along with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), ARC will host a webinar for potential applicants from the Appalachian Region to learn more about strategies to prepare and present a successful application. Learn more about the grant opportunity and register for the webinar.
 
 

In the Region This Week: June 14
Produce auction in Central Appalachia brings increased business for farmers and artisans and better access to healthy food for residents; Williamson, West Virginia, launches free Wi-Fi access for area residents and tourists that visit downtown businesses on the weekend; natural beauty and outdoor recreation are tops in southern and eastern Kentucky. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

Registration Now Open for ARC's Annual Summit
Hundreds of Appalachia's doers, leaders, and thinkers will be in Tupelo, Mississippi, September 12-14 for ARC's 2018 annual summit, Appalachia Works: Expanding Opportunities for Our Region's Future. Hosted by the state of Mississippi, the summit will highlight best practices, emerging ideas, and lasting strategies for economic development across Appalachia. Register by July 27 to lock in an early-bird spot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: June 7
ARC continues to invest in transportation connectivity, mobility, and trade in Appalachia, leverage funding and implementation opportunities, and help the Region prioritize multimodal transportation initiatives; extensions of popular trail in Spartanburg, South Carolina, are boosting healthy living and spurring economic development; coalfield students have high hopes for drone industry jobs. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

ARC Seeks Candidates for Multiple Positions
ARC is currently recruiting candidates for three positions: a health program analyst who will work collaboratively with the ARC Federal Office and state partners to develop and deploy a regional strategy focused on opioid and substance abuse prevention and recovery; a program coordinator who will facilitate and organize a broad range of tasks in support of the POWER Initiative; and an intermodal transportation program analyst who will manage projects and initiatives that complement the success of the Appalachian Development Highway System and local access road program. Complete position and application information is available on the ARC Job Opportunities page.
 
 

ARC Seeks Proposals for POWER Initiative Monitoring and Evaluation
ARC is soliciting proposals from qualified researchers and consultants to monitor and evaluate the impacts of the POWER Initiative to date by determining POWER grantee progress toward performance outputs and outcomes. POWER is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America's energy production. Proposals are due June 28.  Request for proposals (PDF: 175 KB)
 
 

In Focus April 2018: Data Tools for Economic Development in Appalachia
Data is a key tool in planning for economic growth, helping leaders identify opportunities, make resource decisions, and build stronger action plans. ARC's quarterly newsletter In Focus looks at two new ARC data resources communities can use to develop more data-driven strategies: the "Chartbook," a topical overview of Appalachian socioeconomic and demographic data, and the Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool.  Read more and subscribe
 
 

New Data Visualization Tool Enables In-Depth, County-by-County Look at Impact of Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia
Developed by NORC at the University of Chicago and ARC, the Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool integrates overdose mortality rates for Appalachia's 420 counties with data on socioeconomic factors including unemployment, poverty, disability, and others.  Press release
 
 

ARC Releases FY 2017 State-by-State Investment Overview
The overview includes fact sheets detailing ARC's fiscal year 2017 economic development investments in each of the 13 Appalachian states, as well as a regional investment summary.  Press release
 
 

ARC Issues POWER Request for Proposals to Help Appalachia's Coal-Impacted Communities Diversify and Grow Local Economies
On February 1, ARC issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 2018 POWER Initiative funding to help coal-impacted communities in Appalachia diversify and strengthen their local economies. Priority areas for investment through the RFP include developing a competitive workforce, enhancing access to and use of broadband services, fostering entrepreneurial activities, and developing industry clusters. ARC is making up to $20 million available through the RFP.   Press release
 
 

ARC Announces Research Series Examining the Impacts of Declining Coal Production on the Region's Economy
The January 2018 research series An Economic Analysis of the Appalachian Coal Industry Ecosystem is the first comprehensive assessment of current and potential effects the changing coal industry can have on the Appalachian Region. The series' five reports explore some of the current and future economic effects of declining coal production on components of Appalachia's coal industry ecosystem, including production and employment, supply chain industries, transportation, electric power generation, and human capital.  Press release