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POWER 2020

NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

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.
 
 

In the Region This Week: October 17
In this issue: Grow Ohio Valley uses ARC POWER support to open the Public Market in Wheeling, WV, a facility where here 40+ local producers can sell vegetables, eggs, milk, meats and more; Outdoor Economy Conference highlights growing economic impact of tourism in Western NC , where over 760 jobs and $8.6 million in local sourcing dollars were generated by outdoor recreation. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: October 10
In this issue: ARC's POWER Initiative announces $44.4 million investment to expand broadband, ignite entrepreneurship and more in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities; ARC Federal Co-Chairman joins Governor Bill Lee in opening new call center in Sneedville, TN, which has already added 50 new jobs in Hancock County. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces $44.4 Million To Diversify Region's Coal-Impacted Communities
On October 8, ARC announced a $44.4 million investment package to expand and diversify the economy in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. These 54 awards are projected to create or retain over 5,700 jobs, leverage more than $39 million in private investment, create and/or retain 2,940 businesses, and train thousands of workers and students within the broadband, entrepreneurship, substance abuse recovery, tourism and other industry sectors across coal-impacted communities in nine Appalachian states. Read the press release