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In the Region This Week: October 20
Rural Advantage helps communities leverage broadband, local food, and health care assets for local development; IMCP boosts Appalachian manufacturing industries through regional collaboration; rural areas build arts hubs to spur economic growth.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

Applications for Rural Advantage Community Planning Assistance Due November 6
ARC, EPA, and partner agencies invite rural communities to apply for planning assistance through Rural Advantage, a suite of programs that help communities develop strategies to grow their economies and revitalize downtown neighborhoods. Applications for assistance are due November 6.  Learn more

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

In the Region This Week: October 13
ARC invests in Appalachia's advanced manufacturing workforce; new partnership studies health impacts of opioid abuse in the Region; Rural Advantage community planning funds available through November 6.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Extending Government Funding through December 9
Signed September 29, the legislation continues ARC's funding at the FY 2016 level.  Legislative update

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

ARC's 2016 Annual Conference Focuses on Rural Development
The Commission's August 30–31 conference, in Johnson City, Tennessee, explored how strategic investments are helping Appalachia's rural communities build strong, resilient local economies. See conference videos and presentations

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