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ARC Status During Appropriations Hiatus
In the event of an appropriations hiatus, ARC will continue general operations as described in its shutdown plan. If the hiatus extends beyond a period of 12 weeks, the Commission would initiate an orderly shutdown of activities.  ARC shutdown plan (PDF: 83 KB)

In the Region This Week: January 18
EntreEd kicks off educator training to help schools build Appalachia's next-gen entrepreneurs; ORAU research recommends reshaping outreach messaging in fight against opioid abuse; West Virginia's post-mine mountaintops offer new opportunities for agriculture.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

Registration Now Open for ARC Workshops on POWER Funding Opportunities for Coal-Impacted Communities
ARC will hold five free workshops across the Region in February and March to help coal-impacted communities learn about the objectives of the 2018 POWER Initiative, which organizations are eligible for this funding, and how to develop a competitive funding proposal. Register now

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Is Named 2018 ARC States' Co-Chair
Chosen by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the Commission's 2018 states' co-chair, Bryant will work directly with the ARC federal co-chair in the leadership role.  Press release

In the Region This Week: January 11
ARC welcomes Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant in leadership role as 2018 states' co-chair; southern West Virginia's public colleges forge higher-education alliance for economic growth in 21-county region; Pennsylvania's Greene County retools former mine workforce training center to build high-demand skills.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

President Trump Nominates Tim Thomas to Serve as ARC Federal Co-Chair
Announced by the White House on January 4, the nomination was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on January 8 for consideration.  News brief

ARC-FHWA Webinar Examines Economic Impacts of the Appalachian Development Highway System
In a one-hour webinar held December 13, ARC and the Federal Highway Administration discussed key findings of the 2017 study Economic Analysis of Completing the Appalachian Development Highway System, and the role the highway system plays in Appalachia's economic development.  Watch the recorded webinar | Download the Webinar presentation (PDF: 5 MB)

ARC Federal Co-Chair Gives Congressional Testimony on Impacts of Opioid Abuse in Appalachia
On December 12, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl testified before the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management about the threat the opioid crisis poses for Appalachia's economic prosperity.  Read the testimony

ARC Hosts Student Leaders from 11 States at 2017 Appalachian Teaching Project Conference
At the 17th annual ATP conference in Washington December 1–2, students and faculty from 13 Appalachian colleges and universities presented their research on sustainable solutions to challenges facing their communities, many of which are in economically distressed counties.  Press release

In Focus: Putting Appalachia's Health in an Economic Context
Identifying and addressing health challenges are important steps to helping Appalachia's communities and local economies thrive. ARC's new quarterly looks at recent research on key health issues affecting the Region today, and at successful efforts to help make communities healthier.  Read more and subscribe

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

Report Documents Health Disparities in Appalachia
A 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


Webinar: Innovative Mine Reclamation in Appalachia
Hosted by the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition
January 23

AACC Workforce Development Institute 2018
January 30–February 2

ARC 2018 POWER Initiative Regional Workshops
February 14: California, PA
February 20: Greenville, SC
February 28: Daniels, WV
March 8: Hazard, KY
March 14: Tuscaloosa, AL

Development District Association of Appalachia 2018 Annual Conference
March 18–21

List of ARC Events