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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

In the Region This Week: May 16
In this issue: ARC's Substance Abuse Advisory Council holds inaugural meeting in Knoxville and begins developing recommendations for building recovery ecosystems; Webinar on shale manufacturing brings ARC partners and industry experts together to discuss the economic opportunities associated with the Utica and Marcellus shale basins. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces Substance Abuse Advisory Council
ARC has announced the formation of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) to develop recommendations for ARC to consider as part of a strategic plan to build and strengthen a recovery ecosystems in Appalachian communities. The 24 member volunteer advisory group represents each of the Region's 13 states, and includes leaders from law enforcement, recovery services, health, economic development, private industry, education, state government and other sectors. Read the press release.
 
 

In the Region This Week: May 9
In this issue: ARC celebrates Small Business and Infrastructure weeks by highlighting the importance of both to Appalachia's economic development; Using an ARC grant, Northampton Community College will train nearly 300 students for truck driving jobs in Pennsylvania. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: May 2
In this issue: ARC Federal Co-Chair joins South Carolina Department of Commerce to see investments at work, including several projects expanding local entrepreneurship; ARC POWER partner, Robert C. Byrd Institute?s Appalachian Hatchery, hosts an expo connecting local businesses in the auto industry supply chain with major automotive companies. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: April 25
In this issue: West Virginia Forest Products Cooperative uses an ARC POWER grant to create economic opportunities for regional forest products; New report uses ARC data to examine impacts of a declining coal industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: April 18
In this issue: ARC listens for solutions to the substance abuse crisis at sixth Recovery-to-Work listening session in Beckley, WV; With ARC support, the second annual RoboRave in Oxford, NY tripled in size, enabling more Appalachian students to develop skills for Industry 4.0 careers. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

Issue Brief Offers Practical Recommendations to Address Opioid Misuse
Health Disparities Related to Opioid Misuse in Appalachia is a new issue brief offering practical strategies, replicable best practices, and recommendations to help Appalachian communities address opioid misuse and overdose deaths. This brief is one of three capstone reports developed as part of, Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots, an ARC and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky health research initiative, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read the press release.
 
 

In the Region This Week: April 11
In this issue: ARC announces the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a professional and economic development training program that equips upcoming leaders with the tools needed to address the region's most pressing issues; the ARC-supported Lineman Training program at Somerset Community College celebrates 10 years of training over 1,100 students for careers in the utility industry. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces Appalachian Leadership Institute
ARC is now accepting applications for the inaugural class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a new leadership and economic development training opportunity for the Region's community leaders. The program includes an extensive nine-month curriculum focusing on skill-building, seminars, best practice reviews, field visits, mentoring, and networking. Eligible applicants include representatives from Appalachia's public, private and non-profit sectors who work and/or live in the Region. Applications are due June 1. Learn more at www.arc.gov/leadershipinstitute.
 
 

ISO Press Assistant to Join ARC Team
ARC is currently recruiting for a Press Assistant to coordinate media outreach, aid in drafting press materials, monitor media and issues relevant to the organization, maintain journalist contacts, and provide other support for the Communications Department. Applications due April 24. Read the position description.
 
 

In the Region This Week: April 4
In this issue: ARC announces $3.36 million in new POWER investments to strengthen substance abuse recovery and create economic opportunities via agriculture in coal-impacted communities; Lenoir, NC uses ARC support to clear debris and pave a path toward economic development. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces $3.3 Million to Continue Economic Growth in Region's Coal-Impacted Communities
ARC announces three major awards, totaling $3.36 million, to continue supporting economic diversification in the Region's coal-impacted communities. These investments, made via the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative, focus on strengthening responses to the substance abuse crisis Kentucky and Ohio, and building a sustainable local food system in North Carolina. Read the press release.
 
 

In the Region This Week: March 28
In this issue: SustainU, a subsidiary of ARC partner Coalfield Development Corporation, will sell recycled shirts via @Shirt kiosks in five MLB stadiums this season; Through an ARC-supported loan fund, Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance awarded $200,000 to McGregor Industries maximize output and create new jobs for the area. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: March 21
In this issue: Representative Robert Aderholt and ARC host Recovery-to-Work listening session in Alabama to discuss long-term substance abuse recovery strategies; Regional economic leaders honored at DDAA conference, including those with a history of service to Appalachia. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

President Trump's FY 2020 Budget Proposal of $165 Million for ARC is Largest Administration Request in Agency History
President Trump's FY 2020 Budget Request for $165 million is the largest Administration budget request for non-highway activities in ARC history. The proposal includes four complementary funding activities: $73 million for the base Area Development program; $50 million for the POWER Initiative to continue investment in communities that have been adversely affected by the decline in the coal industry; $32 million for assistance targeted to distressed communities through work in broadband, workforce development, and basic infrastructure; and $10 million for a new regionally competitive program focusing on workforce reentry for individuals in recovering from substance abuse disorders. The request for $165 million is level funding with ARC's current appropriation. Read ARC's FY 2020 Budget Justification.
 
 

In the Region This Week: March 14
In this issue: ETSU seeks some of the 2,250 alumni of the ARC-supported Appalachian Teaching Project to register for the ATP Alum Network; the $6.2 million ARC and TNECD invested last year includes broadband and wi-fi opportunities to connect communities. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: March 7
In this issue: More than 500 attend ARC's regional POWER workshops for application guidance; an Appalachian Ohio energy tech incubator, of which ARC was an early investor, is recognized nationally by Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: February 28
In this issue: Governors of Appalachian states attend ARC's annual quorum meeting, which included a special discussion on addressing substance abuse; New data provides state-by-state breakdown of $125.6M invested by ARC in 2018. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC FY 2018 Year-In-Review Investment Data Now Available
Data shows that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) invested $125.6 million in 522 economic development projects during FY 2018. These region wide investments will be matched by $188.7 million, and will attract an additional $1.5 billion in leveraged private investment (LPI) into Appalachia. In addition, these investments are projected to create or retain 26,600 jobs, as well as train or educate 34.000 students and workers. State-specific fact sheets summarizing ARC's direct investments, as well as the matching funds attracted and leveraged private investment dollars generated by these investments, for each of the 13 Appalachian states are also available. Read the Press Release.
 
 

In the Region This Week: February 21
In this issue: ARC celebrates National Entrepreneurship Week by highlighting the building blocks and resources needed to establish thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems; $22.8 million in newly announced POWER investments includes support for programs supporting entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship education across Appalachia. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces $22.8 Million to Expand and Diversify the Economy in Appalachia's Coal-Impacted Communities
On February 21, ARC announced $22.8 million to expand and diversify the economy in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. These 33 awards are projected to create or retain nearly 1,000 jobs, benefit over 3,300 students and workers, and leverage more than $21.8 million in private investment into manufacturing, agriculture, technology, substance abuse recovery, broadband development, and other industry sectors across coal-impacted communities in nine Appalachian states. Read the Press Release.