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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 www.arc.gov/factsheets
 
 

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    www.arc.gov/power
 
 

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.
 
 

In the Region This Week: November 14
In this issue: ARC releases Industrial Make-Up of the Appalachian Region, a report examining employment and earnings from 2002-2017 and drawing on data from 15 industry sectors; Bristol, TN hosts an ARC-sponsored Appalachian Gateway Communities Regional Workshop, where communities that border publicly owned lands can learn how to better expand tourism, the arts, and leverage other economic development opportunities. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Report Finds Positive Post-Recession Employment Growth in Region, Yet Rate Lags Behind Country As A Whole
Drawing on data from 15 industry sectors, new ARC research catalogues how the Region's industrial make-up compare to that of the country as a whole. Overall, while post-Recession employment growth has been positive in Appalachia, it lags behind the growth that was experienced by the country as a whole. The report also finds an overall employment shift across the Region towards professional & technical services; health & social services; and tourism-related jobs. More information and state-by-state fact sheets available at arc.gov/research.   Read the press release
 
 

In the Region This Week: November 7
In this issue: ARC hosts convening of new POWER grantees and prepares for next round of POWER funding to continue diversifying Region's coal-impacted economy; Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas visit West Virginia to discuss state's up-and-coming tech sector and other ARC investments. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: October 31
In this issue: ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas and Kentucky Department of Local Government Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo announce $2 million ARC investment to the Morgan County Water District (MCWD) and the City of West Liberty to upgrade the area's water infrastructure; ARC support helps Spring Industrial Park in Holly Springs, Mississippi become the first BNSF Certified Railway Site in the southeast. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: October 24
In this issue: ARC's inaugural Appalachian Leadership Institute kicks off in Morehead, KY with an agenda featuring U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan, shared visioning for the region and more; ARC support helps launch East Mississippi Community College's Communiverity, a state-of-the-art learning facility for skills in advanced manufacturing and other emerging sectors seeking skilled workers. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.