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In the Region This Week: January 10
In this issue: Appalachia's governors elect North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to serve as ARC's 2019 states' co-chair; Request for Proposals (RFP) for ARC's 2019 POWER Initiative released, making an additional $45 million available to strengthen the economy in the Region's coal-impacted communities. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to Serve as 2019 ARC States' Co-Chair
Elected by the Region's governors, NC Governor Cooper will serve as ARC's 66th states' co-chair. As part of ARC's federal-state partnership structure, the states' co-chair is primarily responsible for working directly with the federal co-chair to oversee economic growth and development across the Appalachian Region. Read the Press Release.

ARC Issues Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2019 POWER Initiative
The RFP for funding via ARC's 2019 POWER Initiative is now available. Applications accepted as of February 1, 2019. Read the RFP, review application resources, and learn more about this opportunity at

ARC 2019 POWER Initiative Regional Workshop Series
ARC will be hosting workshops in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Viriginia on how to prepare a competitive application for funding available through ARC's 2019 POWER Initiative. Register now at

Join the ARC team!
We are currently recruiting for several positions including Program Analyst [Infrastructure], Program Analyst [Evaluator], and a Human Resources Generalist. Learn more about these opportunities.

Recovery-to-Work Listening Session
On January 15, 2019, ARC and Governor Cooper's Office will be hosting a public listening session on recovery-to-workforce pathways and other economic impacts related to Appalachia's current substance abuse crisis in North Carolina. Read more

In the Region This Week: December 20
In this issue: ARC launches Recovery-to-Work Listening Sessions to identify economic impacts of Region's current substance abuse crisis; WV Community Development Hub convenes West Virginia's POWER grantees to discuss emerging economic opportunities in Central Appalachia's coal-impacted communities. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

In the Region This Week: December 13
In this issue: ADHS making continued progress across Region, including 16 new miles of roadway opening to traffic this week in Scioto County, Ohio; Surry Community College opens state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing training center in Yadkinville, North Carolina. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

In the Region This Week: December 6
In this issue: 150 Appalachian students visit Washington, D.C., for 18th annual Appalachian Teaching Project; Williamston, South Carolina's Main Street revitalization strategy draws on the economic value of the area's cultural and historic heritage. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

In the Region This Week: November 29
In this issue: ARC and NACo announce plans for forthcoming Appalachian Substance Abuse Response Initiative; ADHS Corridor N opens in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

ARC Welcomes 150 Students to Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium in Washington, D.C.
On November 30 and December 1, 2018, ARC will host 150 students from 15 Appalachian based colleges and universities at the 18th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) Conference in Washington, D.C. Supported by ARC and organized by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, ATP is an applied-research training program for college and graduate students to design community based economic development initiatives across the Appalachian Region. As a capstone to this work, students and their faculty sponsors present their work to other student delegations from ATP participating institutions, ARC leadership, and community leaders in a formal peer-to-peer symposium in Washington, D.C. Since the program began in 2001, over 2,250 college and graduate students from across the Region have participated in ATP. Read the press release.

In the Region This Week: November 15
In this issue: In celebration of National Rural Health Day, a special issue focuses on health-related issues across the Region including: bright spots in health, expanding health care access using the J-1 Visa Waiver program, developing the health care workforce, and addressing the Region's substance abuse crisis. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.