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Registration Now Closed for ARC's 2017 Annual Conference
The sold-out conference, to be held October 17-19 in Pittsburgh, will explore the theme "Transforming Appalachia: Embracing Change to Drive Progress." Sessions will focus on key issues shaping the Region's future, including developing a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, strengthening businesses, addressing health challenges, and capitalizing on natural and cultural assets.  Learn more
 
 

In the Region This Week: September 14
Appalachian export trade council helps rural businesses go global; research analyzes mortality impacts of "diseases of despair," including opioid overdose, in the Region; West Virginia's CentralApp launches learn-to-earn tech apprenticeship program.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

Legislative Update: President Signs Legislation Extending Government Funding through December 8
Signed September 8, the legislation continues ARC's funding at the FY 2017 level, minus a small across-the-board reduction. Commission programs and activities funded through the legislation are the same as those funded through the agency's FY 2017 appropriation.  Legislative update
 
 

ARC Announces Nearly $2 Million in Additional POWER Investments in Central Appalachia
The Commission has now invested a total of more than $94 million through the POWER Initiative in the past year to diversify the economies of 250 coal-impacted counties across 11 Appalachian states. These investments are projected to create or retain nearly 8,800 jobs, leverage an additional $210 million in investment, and benefit thousands of workers and students.  Press release
 
 

In the Region This Week: September 7
New ARC POWER awards bring total investment in coal-impacted Appalachia to $94 million; Maryland college builds state-of-the-art STEM programs to boost region's future workforce; factory–turned–training hub gives West Virginia workers wide-ranging career skills.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

Study Examines Disparities Related to "Diseases of Despair" in Appalachia
A new ARC-commissioned report analyzes the impact of "diseases of despair" on mortality within the Appalachian Region, focusing on increasing morbidity and mortality from three main causes: alcohol, prescription drug, and illegal drug overdose; suicide; and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis of the liver. The report was prepared by the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.   Read the report
 
 

New Report Documents Health Disparities in Appalachia
An August 2017 study issued by ARC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky documents dramatic disparities in health outcomes and other health-related factors in the Appalachian Region, compared with the nation as a whole. The first part of a multi-part research project, the study reviewed 41 health indicators to provide a comprehensive overview of the health of the Region's 25 million people, and examined 20-year trends for selected indicators.  Press release
 
 

ARC Releases FY 2018 County Economic Status Data and Maps
The Commission's annual county economic status analysis designates Appalachian counties as economically distressed, at-risk, transitional, competitive, or attainment, based on their ranking in an index-based economic classification system. Resources available include county-level data on key indicators and an interactive map feature.
 
 

New ARC Study Illustrates Continued Economic Impact of the Appalachian Development Highway System
The study estimates the economic outcomes of work completed on the ADHS to date, and forecasts the future economic impacts, benefits, and costs associated with completing the system. Estimates indicate that the ADHS generates $19.6 billion in added business sales per year, as well as $10.7 billion annually in transportation cost savings and productivity gains.  Press release
 
 

ARC investment fact sheet
New Resource: ARC Investment Fact Sheets
A new downloadable fact sheet series details ARC's recent investments and their impacts in each of the 13 Appalachian states and across the Region. In addition to funding data, the fact sheets offer snapshots of individual investments at work and county economic status maps.  Download fact sheets