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POWER 2020



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ARC is currently recruiting for an Executive Director to lead the administrative, programmatic, and fiscal management of the Agency. We are seeking a high energy, innovative, results driven leader who is an exceptionally skilled relationship builder. More information is available here.

In the Region This Week: February 20
In this Issue: a fun fact for National Entrepreneurship Week -- there are over 1,000 resources in Appalachia supporting regional entrepreneurs; ARC hosts third session of Appalachian Leadership Institute in Starkville, MS focusing on ready workforce development. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

ARC Announces Philip M. Heneghan to Head Office of Inspector General
Heneghan comes to ARC recently from the United States International Trade Commission. He will begin his post at ARC on March 2nd. Read the Press Release

ARC Announces $3.3 Million to Continue Economic Growth in Region's Coal-Impacted Communities
On February 12th, ARC announced nearly $3.3 million in investments through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative focusing on strengthening responses to substance abuse, improving broadband infrastructure, and supporting Opportunity Zone investments. Read the Press Release

Legislative Update: President Trump's FY 2021 Budget Proposal Includes $165 Million for ARC
President Trump's FY 2021 Budget Proposal, released on February 10, includes $165 million for ARC. This represents level funding with the amount requested in the President's Budget for FY 2020. Of this proposal, $73 million is requested for ARC's Area Development Base Program; $50 million is requested to continue the POWER Initiative for communities adversely affected by the downturn in the coal industry; $32 million is requested for special regional initiatives to specifically address economic development in the Appalachian counties considered the most economically distressed; and $10 million is requested to address workforce challenges caused by the Region's drug crisis. ARC's FY 2021 Performance Budget Justification is available at The proposed budget will serve as the basis for congressional discussion of funding for individual agencies, with the final decision on agency funding levels to be made by Congress as part of the regular appropriations process later this year.

In the Region This Week: February 6
In this Issue: A new federal resource offers recommendations for rural communities struggling with Substance Use Disorder, ARC recognizes the region's 16 HBCUs in honor of Black History Month. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

ARC Issues Request for Proposals (RFP) for Evaluation of Grant Performance Measurement System
ARC is currently accepting proposals from qualified consultants to assess ARC's current grant performance measurement system. Proposals due by March 10, 2020. Read the RFP  

In the Region This Week: January 31
In this Issue: Workshop focuses on federal funding opportunities in West Virginia, including ARC resources for broadband; Eastern Kentucky University expands aerospace training programs with V/R experiences for high schoolers. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

In the Region This Week: January 23
In this Issue: Representatives from 10 Appalachian projects funded by Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative convene in Washington, D.C. to discuss best project practices; ARC support helps Recovery to Work initiative in Graham County, North Carolina leverage existing programs to bridge the gap between treatment and employment. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.

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

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

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