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ARC has invested $92 million in 250 coal-impacted counties



In the Region This Week: June 22
Healthy Places for Healthy People program highlights health's role in rural downtown revitalization; Startup Alleghenies launches small-business support for Pennsylvania entrepreneurs; Appalachian Ohio's "maker spaces" to create innovative skills training opportunities.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Announces $15.7 Million in Additional Investments to Strengthen Economies in Region's Coal-Impacted Communities
On June 14, ARC announced $15.7 million in investments to help grow the economies in coal-impacted communities in seven Appalachian states. With these awards, ARC has now invested more than $92 million to diversify the economies in 250 coal-impacted counties across 11 Appalachian states.  Press release

In the Region This Week: June 15
ARC invests additional $15.7 million to diversify economies in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities; former coal workers get career retraining pathways through POWER; West Virginia's Sprouting Farms grows skills for sustainable agriculture businesses.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

In the Region This Week: June 8
Innovation Works training grads learn lessons for new business success in Pennsylvania's coal-impacted communities; LaunchTN accelerates job growth through entrepreneurship in Appalachian Tennessee; regional music, food, and culture take center stage at Mountains of Music events in southwest Virginia.   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

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