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In the Region This Week: August 10
Kentucky community college presidents take "entrepreneurship pledge" to boost local business; new optometry college looks to expand health workforce and services in coal-impacted region; Ohio partners help businesses create opportunity through technology change.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Releases FY 2018 County Economic Status Data and Maps
The Commission's annual county economic status analysis designates Appalachian counties as economically distressed, at-risk, transitional, competitive, or attainment, based on their ranking in an index-based economic classification system. Resources available include county-level data on key indicators and an interactive map feature.

In the Region This Week: August 3
Farms and food entrepreneurs fuel economic growth in New York's Southern Tier; ARC releases FY 2018 economic status designations for Appalachian counties; North Carolina's Filling the Gap program helps STEM teachers create real-world curricula.   Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

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

In the Region This Week: July 27
Appalachian students and teachers conduct cutting-edge research in ARC-ORNL summer STEM programs; communities share local-food successes at Local Foods, Local Places peer summit; West Virginia maps tourism strategies to build on thriving Hatfield-McCoy ATV trails.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2018 Appropriations Legislation Containing $130 Million for ARC
Approved on July 27, the legislation provides $70 million for ARC's regular program and $50 million for the POWER Initiative to help communities adversely impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.  Legislative update

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