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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

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
 
 

Legislative Update: Senate, House Appropriations Committees Approve FY 2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bills Containing ARC Funding
The Senate appropriations bill provides $142 million for ARCs nonhighway programs; the House bill contains $130 million. Full House consideration of the legislation is expected the week of July 24.  Legislative update
 
 

In the Region This Week: July 20
In South Carolina's upcountry, development tour highlights diverse ARC investments in entrepreneurship, local agriculture, and tourism; new study estimates economic impacts of the Appalachian Development Highway System; West Virginia's Appalachian Hatchery helps coal-focused manufacturers shift markets.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: July 13
Arts trails in Appalachia connect, promote, and increase revenues for independent artists and crafts workers; QuickJobs Training Center trains workers for in-demand jobs in South Carolina; RCBI's TEN50 Accelerator fosters entrepreneurship.   Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: July 6
Ground broken for new building to house expanded industrial training programs in Tennessee; Sustainable Jobs Initiative creating a buzz around growing industries in Central Appalachia; Virginia's Crooked Road anchors century-old tradition of live music in state.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces $15.7 Million in Additional Investments to Strengthen Economies in Region's Coal-Impacted Communities
On June 14, ARC announced $15.7 million in investments to help grow the economies in coal-impacted communities in seven Appalachian states. With these awards, ARC has now invested more than $92 million to diversify the economies in 250 coal-impacted counties across 11 Appalachian states.  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
 
 

ARC Releases Toolkit to Help Rural Communities Expand Broadband Service
The Broadband Planning Primer and Toolkit offers information and resources to guide rural Appalachian communities as they undertake broadband planning and implementation efforts.  Press release and toolkit