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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

In the Region This Week: February 22
The Conservation Fund will host advanced, 3-day workshop designed for Appalachian "gateway" communities ready to implement projects to expand tourism, arts, and other economic development opportunities; New call center will bring 100 jobs to distressed county in Tennessee; Alabama high school to expand health science program. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: February 15
Over 170 community leaders, economic developers, and project partners were on hand for the first of five regional workshops about ARC's POWER Initiative; less than two years after investment in wi-fi expansion in North Carolina, communities are seeing success; community college adds machinist technology degree. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

Administration Requests $152 Million for ARC for FY 2019
Released February 12, the administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 requests $152 million for ARC programs and assumes no major policy or programmatic changes for Commission activities.  ARC FY 2019 performance budget justification
 
 

Legislative Update: Continuing Resolution Extends Government Funding through March 23
Signed by the president on February 9, the legislation continues agency funding, including ARC's, at the FY 2017 level, minus a small across-the-board reduction. It also sets overall budget numbers to guide the congressional appropriations committees in drafting an omnibus appropriations bill for the rest of FY 2018.  Legislative update
 
 

In the Region This Week: February 8
Leaders in Appalachia explore ways to spur private investment in the social determinants of health in the Region; award-winning career expo helps Mississippi students find career pathways; new wave of farmers is reviving stripmines with lavender crop. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS


ARC 2018 POWER Initiative Regional Workshops

February 28: Daniels, WV
March 8: Hazard, KY
March 14: Tuscaloosa, AL

ARC 2018 POWER Initiative Webinars

March 1: Finding the Right Match to Meet the 2018 POWER RFP Match Requirements

Eastern Kentucky Farmer Conference
February 22–23

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

List of ARC Events