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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

ARC Announces $26.5 Million to Diversify and Strengthen Region's Coal-Impacted Communities
ARC has announced $26.5 million 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 awards support workforce training and education in manufacturing, technology, healthcare, and other industry sectors; invest in infrastructure enhancements to continue developing the Region's tourism, entrepreneurial, and agriculture sectors; and increase access to community-based capital, including impact-investing funds, venture capital, and angel investment streams. To date, ARC has awarded $120 million through the POWER Initiative to help coal-impacted communities in 309 Appalachian counties diversify and grow their economies. Read the press release.
 
 

In the Region This Week: October 11
In this issue: ARC announces 35 grants totaling $26.5 million to strengthen and diversify economy in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities; in Sequatchie County, Tennessee, creative, community-based partnerships help make county a Bright Spot for health. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: October 4
In this issue: New research identifies seven core elements of robust ecosystems, analyzes entrepreneurial dynamism in eight communities in North Carolina, Ohio, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Maryland, and Virginia, and features localized metric data and resources for each of Appalachia's 420 counties; reliable broadband access is better for business in Cherry Creek, New York. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Releases New Research and Tools for Regional Entrepreneurship Development
Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia includes three reports which outline core elements necessary for a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, analyze eight community case studies to provide insight into the unique challenges faced by communities in Appalachia, and offer recommendations to support future economic development across the Region. A companion website compares entrepreneurial data and activity in each of Appalachia's 420 counties, and includes a working inventory of more than 1,000 support services available to entrepreneurs across the Region.  Press release
 
 

In the Region This Week: September 27
In this issue: STEM education at the root of economic development in Maryland's Garrett and Allegany counties; new makerspace expands creative entrepreneurship opportunities in Appalachian Georgia. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Seeks Proposals to Complete Development of Web-based Grant Management System
ARC is seeking proposals from qualified developers and/or companies to complete the development of its existing custom hybrid grant management system (ARCnet) into a fully web-based grant management system with an end-to-end electronic process. The electronic process shall begin with the application and includes reporting and transaction processing and the final reporting and grant closure. The existing system has some web-based functionality and this solicitation is to complete the development of the web-based system. Proposals are due November 16. See the request for proposals
 
 

Legislative Update: President Trump Approves FY 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Act, Including $165 Million for ARC
$165 million for ARC is included in the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Act which was signed into law by President Trump on September 21, 2018. This is the largest appropriation for ARC's nonhighway work in the agency's history. Legislative update
 
 

In the Region This Week: September 20
In this issue: Appalachia Works: Expanding Opportunities for Our Region's Future, ARC's Annual Conference hosted by the State of Mississippi, features keynote discussion about how communities can attract and recruit large manufacturers and companies; Appalachia's 14 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) celebrate #HBCUweek. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

Legislative Update: $165 Million for ARC is Included in the Final Conference Report for the FY 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Act
$165 million for ARC is included in the final Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Act which passed both houses of Congress this week. This is the largest appropriation for ARC's nonhighway work in the agency's history. Legislative update
 
 

In the Region This Week: September 13
In this issue: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who is serving as this year's ARC States' Co-Chair, welcomed ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas to his first official Commission business meeting with representatives of each of the Region's 13 states to discuss priorities, funding, and other issues critical to ARC's operations and over 350 community leaders, economic developers and practitioners attend ARC's annual conference Appalachia Works: Expanding Opportunities for Our Region's Future. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Seeks Proposals to Create the Appalachian Leadership Institute
ARC is soliciting proposals from organizations within the Appalachian Region, including nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders, as partners in creating the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a nationally recognized leadership development program that will prepare state and local leaders to work for future improvements in the Region by "thinking and acting regionally." ARC encourages responders to bring forth innovative ideas that will train local leadership through substantive exercises and learning modules and empower Institute participants to take action towards positively impacting the future of Appalachia with collaborative solutions to our Region's greatest challenges. Proposals are due October 19. See the request for proposals
 
 

ARC Seeks Candidates for Two Management Positions
ARC is recruiting for two director positions: The director of information technology will offer leadership and guidance to ARC's existing IT team to manage all IT operations, and the director of business and talent development investment will manage, plan, develop, and evaluate ARC investments in accordance with the agency's strategic plan. Learn more about these positions and other job opportunities at ARC.