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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

In the Region This Week: February 14
In this issue: ARC support helps open new access road to Fulton County Medical Center, paving way to expansion; Georgia Northwestern Technical College campus offers new certificate program for students entering automotive-related fields. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In Focus, February 2019: Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia
Recent research published by ARC identifies common factors inherent in bolstering economic resilience in the aftermath of economic disruptions, and profiles ten communities which have recently transitioned from economic shock to economic resilience. Read more and subscribe to ARC's quarterly newsletter exploring issues and ideas shaping development in Appalachia.
 
 

In the Region This Week: February 7
In this issue: New research identifies common themes and community case studies in economic resilience; community colleges prepare for upcoming National Entrepreneurship Week. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

New Research Documents Economic Resilience Across Appalachia
Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia, identifies factors common across communities experiencing persistent economic growth in the aftermath of the 2008 Recession and other economic disruptions. The research includes a statistical analysis of key factors common to economic resilience, as well as a guidebook featuring ten communities that have rebounded after experiencing significant economic shocks. Read the Press Release.
 
 

In the Region This Week: January 31
In this issue: ARC POWER grant helps groups in Kentucky develop long-term substance abuse treatment strategies; West Virginia's Mon Forest Region uses ARC support to launch Recreational Economies Initiative. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: January 24
In this issue: ARC's POWER 2019 workshop series begin in Guntersville, Alabama; ARC investment will help Washington State Community College upgrade facilities to prepare 500 students for a variety of high-demand health careers. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: January 17
In this issue: ARC co-hosts second listening session in Recovery-to-Work series with members of Governor Roy Cooper's cabinet in Wilkesboro, NC; The ARC/ORNL Summer STEM Program offers an all-expenses-paid learning opportunity to students and teachers in Appalachia. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

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 www.arc.gov/power..
 
 

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 www.arc.gov/workshops.
 
 

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.
 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS


ARC 2019 POWER Initiative Regional Workshops

March 6: Morgantown, WV

National Entrepreneurship Week Webinars

Feb. 18: Entrepreneurship Education
Feb. 19: Libraries & Incubators
Feb. 20: Entrepreneurship for Everyone
Feb. 21: Rural Towns & Urban Cities
Feb. 22: Federal Support for Entrepreneurship

2019 NADO & DDAA Washington Conference
March 17-20

Central Appalachian Regional Brownfield Summit & Tennessee Environmental Conference
March 18-20

List of ARC Events