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In the Region This Week: December 14
ARC Federal Co-Chair testifies in House hearing on economic impacts of Appalachia's opioid crisis; nonprofit ISP wires rural western North Carolina communities for wi-fi; Tennessee mentor network guides a growing cadre of advanced energy entrepreneurs.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC-FHWA Webinar Examines Economic Impacts of the Appalachian Development Highway System
In a one-hour webinar held December 13, ARC and the Federal Highway Administration discussed key findings of the 2017 study Economic Analysis of Completing the Appalachian Development Highway System, and the role the highway system plays in Appalachia's economic development.  Watch the recorded webinar | Download the Webinar presentation (PDF: 5 MB)

ARC Federal Co-Chair Gives Congressional Testimony on Impacts of Opioid Abuse in Appalachia
On December 12, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl testified before the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management about the threat the opioid crisis poses for Appalachia's economic prosperity.  Read the testimony

Legislative Update: Continuing Resolution Extends Government Funding through December 22
Signed December 8, the legislation continues ARC's funding at the FY 2017 level, minus a small across-the-board reduction. Commission programs and activities funded through the legislation are the same as those funded through the agency's FY 2017 appropriation.  Legislative update

In the Region This Week: December 7
Student research teams present sustainable community development solutions at 2017 Appalachian Teaching Project symposium; Pennsylvania partnership helps at-risk youth bridge soft-skills gap to world of work; West Virginia college launches drone tech program to meet growing workplace demand.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Status During Appropriations Hiatus
In the event of an appropriations hiatus after December 22, ARC will continue general operations as described in its shutdown plan. If the hiatus extends beyond a period of 12 weeks, the Commission would initiate an orderly shutdown of activities.  ARC shutdown plan (PDF: 83 KB)

ARC Hosts Student Leaders from 11 States at 2017 Appalachian Teaching Project Conference
At the 17th annual ATP conference in Washington December 1–2, students and faculty from 13 Appalachian colleges and universities presented their research on sustainable solutions to challenges facing their communities, many of which are in economically distressed counties.  Press release

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Resources Available from ARC's October "Transforming Appalachia" Summit
The Commission's 2017 annual conference, held in Pittsburgh, focused on key issues shaping the Region's future, including developing a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, strengthening businesses, addressing health challenges, and capitalizing on natural and cultural assets.  See summit presentations and resources

In Focus October 2017: Putting Appalachia's Health in an Economic Context
Identifying and addressing health challenges are important steps to helping Appalachia's communities and local economies thrive. ARC's new quarterly looks at recent research on key health issues affecting the Region today, and at successful efforts to help make communities healthier.  Read more and subscribe

Study Examines Disparities Related to "Diseases of Despair" in Appalachia
A new ARC-commissioned report analyzes the impact of "diseases of despair" on mortality within the Appalachian Region, focusing on increasing morbidity and mortality from three main causes: alcohol, prescription drug, and illegal drug overdose; suicide; and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis of the liver. The report was prepared by the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.   Read the report

Report Documents Health Disparities in Appalachia
An August 2017 study issued by ARC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky documents dramatic disparities in health outcomes and other health-related factors in the Appalachian Region, compared with the nation as a whole. The first part of a multi-part research project, the study reviewed 41 health indicators to provide a comprehensive overview of the health of the Region's 25 million people, and examined 20-year trends for selected indicators.  Press release