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ARC Status During Government Shutdown
If the government shuts down at midnight on December 9, 2016, ARC will continue general operations. This includes reviewing and monitoring projects, and disbursing payments to grantees. If the shutdown is extended, details on alternative plans will be provided.  ARC shutdown plan (PDF: 68 KB)

In the Region This Week: December 8
Tennessee's new Energy Mentor Network gives energy technology startups guidance for growth; two Appalachian towns vie for Main Street makeover in national competition; rural Virginia clinic sees future in drone-delivered health care.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

150 Appalachian Students Participate in Appalachian Teaching Project Conference in Washington
At the December 2–3 conference, student teams from 14 colleges and universities presented their applied research on economic and community development issues. Research projects for 2016 reflected key themes in ARCs strategic investment plan, including natural and cultural asset development, downtown revitalization, leadership and planning, workforce development, and health.  Press release

In the Region This Week: December 1
College students from 11 states share innovative development ideas Dec. 2–3 at Appalachian Teaching Project conference; West Virginia's HIVE business accelerator fosters cross-sector entrepreneurship in economically distressed counties; Tennessee wildfire relief efforts bring aid to affected communities.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

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

ARC Announces $20.3 Million in Additional 2016 POWER Investments for Appalachia
On October 26, ARC announced the award of an additional $20.3 million in grants through the administration's POWER Initiative to help Appalachia's coal-impacted communities diversify and grow their economies. Building on the $26.7 million in ARC POWER investments announced in August, the grants will benefit an additional 32 Appalachian counties and leverage an estimated $47.7 million in additional investments.  Press release

ARC Invests $8.9 Million to Boost Manufacturing Workforce Readiness in Mississippi
With ARC's support, three north Mississippi community colleges will train workers for technical jobs in the state's expanding aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing industries.  News brief

Study to Evaluate Highway System's Impact on the Appalachian Economy
An ARC study will look at how the Appalachian Development Highway System's development has affected economic growth in Appalachia, as well as the future economic benefits and costs of completing the system. The first volume of the study, which summarizes previously published ADHS impact studies, is now available; the full report will be published in December 2016.  Read volume 1


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