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In the Region This Week: January 23
In this Issue: Representatives from 10 Appalachian projects funded by Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative convene in Washington, D.C. to discuss best project practices; ARC support helps Recovery to Work initiative in Graham County, North Carolina leverage existing programs to bridge the gap between treatment and employment. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

In the Region This Week: January 16
In this Issue: ARC is accepting applications for the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy, and ARC/ORNL Summer STEM program -- two summer residential learning programs for the Region's high school & middle school students; POWER application portal open and 160 people attend regional POWER workshop in Ashland, Kentucky. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

ARC Accepting Applications for Summer Study Programs in Entrepreneurship and STEM for Region's Middle and High School Students
ARC begins accepting applications for the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and for the ARC/ORNL Summer STEM Program in Oak Ridge, Tennessee—free immersive learning experiences in summer 2020 for the Region's high school and/or middle school students. Read the press release

ARC Website Redesign Underway
What will be new in 2020? A refreshed ARC website for one thing. Please help our redesign process by taking this short audience user survey before January 17. 

In the Region This Week: January 9
In this Issue: A new fact sheets series recaps ARC's investments during fiscal year 2019; Ohio Governor Mike Dewine to serve as ARC's states' co-chair for 2020; ARC and NACo partnership offers strategies to counties leaders to address region's opioid crisis. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

ARC FY 2019 Year-In-Review Investment Data Now Available
In fiscal year 2019, ARC invested nearly $177 million into the Region, attracting nearly $247 million in matching funds and over $542.5 million in leveraged private investment. These investments alone are projected to create or retain more than 17,300 jobs, and train and educate more than 51,000 students and workers. Fact sheets summarizing ARC's investments, as well as jobs, matching funds, and leveraged private investment dollars generated by these investments regionwide and for each of the 13 Appalachian states are available at

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to Serve as ARC's 2020 States' Co-Chair
Appalachia's 13 governors have elected Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to serve as ARC's states' co-chair for 2020. As part of ARC's federal-state partnership structure, the states' co-chair works directly with the federal co-chair to invest in economic growth and development across the Appalachian Region. Read the press release.

$175 Million for ARC Included in Omnibus Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2020
On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2020, appropriating a record of $175 million for ARC funding. The legislation provides new funding for work regarding substance use disorder and continued funding for the POWER Initiative. Legislative update

In the Region This Week: December 19
In this Issue: Three Appalachian-based community organizations, including Opportunity Appalachia, were recently recognized as among the nation's top ten 20 Opportunity Zone Catalysts; With ARC support, the Wise County Industrial Development Authority will conduct a feasibility study to determine the suitability of Appalachian Virginia becoming an innovation hub for the nascent graphene industry. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

In the Region This Week: December 12
In this Issue: ARC's first of three POWER 2020 Application Workshops was held this week in Pennsylvania to support the newly released Request for Proposals (RFP) to help Region's coal-impacted communities diversify their economies; ARC recently hosted 150 students in Washington, DC as part of the Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP), a for-credit academic program helping Appalachian communities address regional challenges. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

ARC Issues Request for Proposals (RFP) for POWER Initiative
On December 9, 2019, ARC issued an RFP for the POWER Initiative to help diversify the economy in the Region's coal-impacted communities. Strong POWER projects are regional, strategic, and transformational in their approach to economic development. Read the RFP and learn more about the POWER Initiative at

Appalachian College Students Convene in Washington, D.C. to Present Ideas for Appalachia's Future
On December 6-7, 2020, ARC hosted 150 students from 15 Appalachian-based colleges and universities at the 19th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) Symposium in Washington, D.C. The symposium's primary framing question was "how do we build on community assets to shape a positive future for Appalachia?"   Read the press release

In the Region This Week: December 5
In this Issue: The Appalachian Leadership Institute held its second session in Dalton, GA this week, where forty fellows discussed leadership models and community strategies to address economic disruptions in the Region; ARC's Federal Co-Chairman visited the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center in Greenville, which has used ARC support to become an international hub for advanced manufacturing and technology innovation. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

Legislative Update
On Thursday, November 21, President Trump signed legislation to continue funding operations of all federal agencies, including ARC, at FY 2019 levels. This Continuing Resolution expires December 20, 2019.

In the Region This Week: November 21
In this issue: ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas visits The Biz Foundry, one of eight Entrepreneurship Centers developed in partnership with LaunchTN; ARC provides investment to Otsego county school district in New York for STEM and Workforce development. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.