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ARC Statement on COVID-19 Situation

NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

In the Region This Week: May 28
In this Issue: A new evaluation report illustrates the connection between water infrastructure investments and regional economic development, the EDA announces community assistance relief during COVID-19, Appalachian Leadership Institute applications due June 1st, DoL hosts series of webinars for WORC initiative through June 8th. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Releases Evaluation of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Projects, FY 2009-2016
A new evaluation of ARC's water and wastewater investments made between fiscal years 2009-2016 finds that these infrastructure projects have a long standing impact on the Region's economy and quality of life. During the evaluation period, ARC invested $115 million in 379 regional water infrastructure projects, which in turn benefited 17,400 businesses, created 11,700 jobs and retained 22,000 jobs. The same ARC investments led to $3.8 billion in leveraged private sector investments, with every $1 dollar ARC investment in water and wastewater projects leveraging $4 in additional investment for the Region. Read the report and watch case study videos
 
 

In the Region This Week: May 21
In this Issue: ARC funds a feasibility study in Cocke County, TN to spur economic development in the county's tourism industry; Dept. of Labor and ARC are hosting a series of webinars to help participants apply for the WORC initiative program; Appalachian Leadership Institute applications due June 1; lastly, ARC provides support to Buckeye Hills Regional Council in order to airlift PPE to home healthcare workers. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

Applications Being Accepted for Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative
The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL), in partnership with ARC, is now accepting applications for the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative to implement innovative approaches to provide enhanced training and support activities to dislocated workers, new entrants in the workforce, incumbent workers, and individuals affected by substance use disorder returning to work. Successful awards will support workforce development activities that prepare eligible participants for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a state, regional, or community economic development strategy specifically in the Appalachian and Delta regions. As part of this partnership, ARC is hosting a webinar series May 28-June 8 on how to prepare competitive applications. Read more
 
 

In the Region This Week: May 14
In this Issue: White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) briefs ARC's Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) about continued substance abuse recovery services during COVID-19 crisis, $3.75 million ARC investment to Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) will help benefit Region's small businesses, Dept of Labor opens applications for Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) program. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces $3.75 Million for Emergency Business Response Assistance Program to be Administered by Appalachian Community Capital
ARC announces $3.75 million grant to Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) for Emergency Business Response Assistance Program to strengthen and stabilize the Region's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other finance lenders serving small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Read the Press Release
 
 

In the Region This Week: May 7
In this Issue: ARC hosts learning exchange webinar on food safety management during COVID-19, ARC's COVID-19 mapping tool has updated numbers for cases in Appalachia. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: April 30
In this Issue: Fellows of the Appalachian Leadership Institute lead a Facebook Live roundtable discussion on local responses to COVID-19, three initiatives make waves in Appalachia to support struggling families and small businesses during the pandemic. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: April 23
In this Issue: ARC hosts Appalachian Leadership Institute Facebook Live roundtable discussion about community response to COVID-19, four Appalachian communities are selected to participate in TNECD's Tennessee Downtowns Program, ARC provides notice for repurposing grant balances to support immediate efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis in their communities. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Notice for Repurposing Existing Federal Financial Assistance Programs and Awards to Support the Emergency Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
ARC grantees may be able to repurpose remaining balances in their ARC grants to support immediate efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis in their communities. This allowance to repurpose derives from guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on April 9, 2020, which directs the federal government to marshal all legally available federal resources to combat the effects of COVID-19. Learn more at arc.gov/coronavirus
 
 

In the Region This Week: April 16
In this Issue: Appalachian Leadership Institute begins accepting applications for class of 2020-2021, ARC support helps coordinate medical safety gear production and distribution in North Carolina, USDA publishes COVID-19 Resource Directory for rural communities. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Invests in Medical Safety Gear Production
An ARC announced investment to The Industrial Commons, in Morganton, North Carolina, will help purchase materials and coordinate staff to manufacture medical safety gear to fulfill product demand across the Appalachian Region and the nation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Industrial Commons, and its enterprise the Carolina Textile District, are engaging nearly 600 sewers across 60 textile and furniture companies to cut, sew, and produce thousands of general use face-masks and medical grade gowns per week. Read the Press Release
 
 

ARC Now Accepting Applications for 2020-2021 Class of Appalachian Leadership Institute
ARC is currently accepting applications for the second class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a leadership and economic development training opportunity for community leaders who currently live and/or work in Appalachia.The extensive nine-month program focuses on skill-building, seminars, best practice reviews, mentoring, and networking. Applications are due by June 1. Learn more
 
 

In the Region This Week: April 9
In this Issue: ARC expands COVID-19 resources web page, Opportunity Appalachia invests in Region's Opportunity Zones, the Federal Reserve conducts a community survey regarding COVID-19, and ARC updates time stamp and confirmed cases in COVID-19 mapping tool. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

POWER 2020 Application Update
In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, ARC will consider revisions of submitted Letters of Intent (LOI) to apply for POWER 2020. The revised project design must still address POWER priorities and meet the requirements of the POWER 2020 Request for Proposals. To file a revised LOI, please contact your state program manager for further guidance. Please send revised LOIs to to bkoerwitz@arc.gov by April 15th, 2020. Learn more at arc.gov/power
 
 

In the Region This Week: April 2
In this Issue: ARC provides an updated mapping tool of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Appalachia; community initiatives in the Region respond to COVID-19; The CARES Act provides support for small businesses. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

Application Deadline for Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy Extended to April 15, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 situation, ARC is extending the application deadline for the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy to April 15, 2020. Additional information about this program is available at arc.gov/aea
 
 

Join our Team!
ARC is currently recruiting for an IT Specialist [System Administration, Network, Security] to perform a variety of work including all aspects of IT system development/enhancements and maintenance of operations of servers, network, and security, as well as IT system administration and management. Read more and apply
 
 

In the Region This Week: March 26
In this Issue: ARC releases new resource documenting confirmed COVID-19 cases in Appalachia; Appalachian communities share resources and show resilience. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Releases New Resources Documenting COVID-19 Spread in Appalachia in Relation to Rest of Nation
Two new resources documenting the spread and impact of COVID-19 in Appalachia—including a map of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Region updated in real time, and a searchable database offering insight into confirmed cases at the county level in relation to hospital beds and other demographic data—are now available at arc.gov/coronavirus. Read the Press Release
 
 

In the Region This Week: March 19
In this Issue: ARC responds to COVID-19 with event status updates as well as resources to help partners and grantees navigate current changes. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

POWER Application Deadline Extended to April 24, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the deadline for completed POWER applications has been extended to Friday, April 24, 5 pm ET. Existing applications can be revised until this date.
 
 

ARC's Response to COVID-19
As ARC continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation, we have incorporated modifications to ensure continuity of operations including ARC's grant programs and public outreach, while supporting health and safety. Please check back for updates.
 
 

In the Region This Week: March 12
In this Issue: Appalachian states like Kentucky, Tennessee, and New York are highlighted for their flourishing hemp industries; ARC provides support to in-demand healthcare field in Allegany County, Maryland. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: March 5
In this Issue: The PEW Charitable Trusts released a report highlighting broadband expansion in Appalachia; Entrepreneurship and STEM programs can help bridge gaps for students in Appalachia's most economically distressed areas. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: February 27
In this Issue: ARC launches Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations for ARC's New Strategic Plan, a series of input sessions where communities can provide guidance on ARC's 2021-2025 investment priorities; Upcoming 2020 Census questionnaire can provide needed infrastructure, public service and other funding opportunities for Appalachian communities. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations for ARC's Strategic Plan
Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations for ARC's Strategic Plan is a series of public input sessions to identify critical opportunities and challenges facing Appalachia's economic future. Using insights gathered from these public sessions, an online survey and guidance from regional, state, and local partners, ARC will develop a strategic plan for fiscal years 2021-2025. Read the Press Release
 
 

ARC is Hiring!
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.