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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

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.
 
 

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.