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In the Region This Week: April 19
Hocking College in Ohio celebrates the opening of a new state-of-the-art welding lab, part of its Appalachia RISES POWER project; East Kentucky Food and Dance Trail catalogs local heritage assets and helps leverage a newly developed regional identity around heritage food and dance traditions; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County to boost tourism and grow agribusiness in New York's Southern Tier. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Seeks Candidates for Financial Manager and Intermodal Transportation Program Analyst Positions
ARC is currently recruiting candidates for two positions: a financial manager who will oversee the development, maintenance, and integrity of the agency's accounting systems, and an intermodal transportation program analyst who will manage projects and initiatives that complement the success of the Appalachian Development Highway System and local access road program. Complete position and application information is available on the ARC Job Opportunities page.

In the Region This Week: April 12
ARC welcomes new federal co-chair, Tim Thomas; community colleges in Appalachia work with industry to build career pipelines for economic growth; North Carolina community uses its music heritage for economic development. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

Legislative Update: FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation Includes $155 Million for ARC
Signed by President Trump on March 23, the omnibus bill provides the highest level of funding for ARC's nonhighway programs in the agency's history. Legislative update

New Data Visualization Tool Enables In-Depth, County-by-County Look at Impact of Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia
Developed by NORC at the University of Chicago and ARC, the Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool integrates overdose mortality rates for Appalachia's 420 counties with data on socioeconomic factors including unemployment, poverty, disability, and others.  Press release

ARC Releases FY 2017 State-by-State Investment Overview
The overview includes fact sheets detailing ARC's fiscal year 2017 economic development investments in each of the 13 Appalachian states, as well as a regional investment summary.  Press release

ARC Issues POWER Request for Proposals to Help Appalachia's Coal-Impacted Communities Diversify and Grow Local Economies
On February 1, ARC issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 2018 POWER Initiative funding to help coal-impacted communities in Appalachia diversify and strengthen their local economies. Priority areas for investment through the RFP include developing a competitive workforce, enhancing access to and use of broadband services, fostering entrepreneurial activities, and developing industry clusters. ARC is making up to $20 million available through the RFP.   Press release

In Focus January 2018: Exploring Change in Appalachia's Coal Ecosystem
Decline in Appalachian coal production can create a broad spectrum of changes for communities beyond coal mining job loss. ARC's quarterly newsletter In Focus looks at a new research series examining major trends in the Region's coal economy over the last decade and exploring some of the current and potential impacts these shifts can have on elements of the coal industry ecosystem, including supply chain industries, transportation, electric power generation, and human capital.  Read more and subscribe

ARC Announces Research Series Examining the Impacts of Declining Coal Production on the Region's Economy
The January 2018 research series An Economic Analysis of the Appalachian Coal Industry Ecosystem is the first comprehensive assessment of current and potential effects the changing coal industry can have on the Appalachian Region. The series' five reports explore some of the current and future economic effects of declining coal production on components of Appalachia's coal industry ecosystem, including production and employment, supply chain industries, transportation, electric power generation, and human capital.  Press release

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