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Legislative Update: $165 Million for ARC is Included in the Final Conference Report for the FY 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Act
$165 million for ARC is included in the final Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Act which passed both houses of Congress this week. This is the largest appropriation for ARC's nonhighway work in the agency's history. Legislative update

In the Region This Week: September 13
In this issue: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who is serving as this year's ARC States' Co-Chair, welcomed ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas to his first official Commission business meeting with representatives of each of the Region's 13 states to discuss priorities, funding, and other issues critical to ARC's operations and over 350 community leaders, economic developers and practitioners attend ARC's annual conference Appalachia Works: Expanding Opportunities for Our Region's Future. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

ARC Seeks Proposals to Create the Appalachian Leadership Institute
ARC is soliciting proposals from organizations within the Appalachian Region, including nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders, as partners in creating the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a nationally recognized leadership development program that will prepare state and local leaders to work for future improvements in the Region by "thinking and acting regionally." ARC encourages responders to bring forth innovative ideas that will train local leadership through substantive exercises and learning modules and empower Institute participants to take action towards positively impacting the future of Appalachia with collaborative solutions to our Region's greatest challenges. See the request for proposals

ARC Seeks Proposals for Report to Synthesize Findings of Health Research Initiative
ARC is soliciting proposals for preparation of a report synthesizing the findings of the health research initiative "Creating a Culture of Health: Disparities and Bright Spots," funded by ARC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The report will identify health challenges in Appalachia and recommend practical strategies and actions to address those challenges. Proposals are due September 14. See the request for proposals

In the Region This Week: September 6
In this issue: SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) believes there is a future in eastern Kentucky; Jobs for America's Graduate (JAG) is reducing dropout rates in South Carolina, Mississippi, and West Virginia; and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are issued for continued research on health and to develop the Appalachian Leadership Institute. That, plus a sampling of other headlines from Appalachia, are in ARC's weekly snapshot. Read more and subscribe.

In the Region This Week: August 30
In this issue: Working together, the Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) and ARC are upgrading water systems across Appalachian Kentucky; community colleges, technical training classes, and certificate programs across the Region are prepared for back-to-school season with new equipment and facilities. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Seeks Candidates for Two Management Positions
ARC is recruiting for two director positions: The director of information technology will offer leadership and guidance to ARC's existing IT team to manage all IT operations, and the director of business and talent development investment will manage, plan, develop, and evaluate ARC investments in accordance with the agency's strategic plan. Learn more about these positions and other job opportunities at ARC.

ARC Seeks Proposals for Assessment of Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project
ARC is soliciting proposals to conduct an assessment of the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project, a network of community-based health coalitions that use local action to prevent and control diabetes in Appalachia's economically distressed counties. The assessment is intended to review the history and impact of a long-term program, to assess the various performance metrics used by individual coalitions and the network as a whole, and to propose performance evaluation approaches for future consideration. Proposals are due September 14. See the request for proposals

In the Region This Week: August 23
In this issue: Resources for understanding diabetes in the Region include the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project and research from the "Culture of Health in Appalachia" initiative; a new inland port in northwest Georgia spurs additional infrastructure development—bringing growth opportunity to southern Appalachia. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

FY 2019 ARC County Economic Status Designations Now Available
The Commission's annual county economic status analysis designates the 420 Appalachian counties as distressed, at-risk, transitional, competitive, or attainment, based on their ranking in a composite index drawing on the most recent data on unemployment, poverty, and per capita income. A similar analysis is applied to areas at the census-tract level. Resources available include data, tables, and an interactive map feature.

New Research and Website Highlight Health in Appalachia, Ten "Bright Spot" Counties Where Health is Better than Expected
Three new resources released by ARC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky offer a fresh approach to understanding health in Appalachia by focusing on community strengths and identifying local factors supporting a Culture of Health. These resources include case studies of ten "Bright Spot" counties, which have better-than-expected health outcomes; the performance-focused research methodology that helped identify these counties; and, a website that explores extensive county-level health data for the Appalachian Region.  Press release