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Industrial Make-Up Report

NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

Legislative Update
On Thursday, November 21, President Trump signed legislation to continue funding operations of all federal agencies, including ARC, at FY 2019 levels. This Continuing Resolution expires December 20, 2019.
 
 

In the Region This Week: November 21
In this issue: ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas visits The Biz Foundry, one of eight Entrepreneurship Centers developed in partnership with LaunchTN; ARC provides investment to Otsego county school district in New York for STEM and Workforce development. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: November 14
In this issue: ARC releases Industrial Make-Up of the Appalachian Region, a report examining employment and earnings from 2002-2017 and drawing on data from 15 industry sectors; Bristol, TN hosts an ARC-sponsored Appalachian Gateway Communities Regional Workshop, where communities that border publicly owned lands can learn how to better expand tourism, the arts, and leverage other economic development opportunities. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Report Finds Positive Post-Recession Employment Growth in Region, Yet Rate Lags Behind Country As A Whole
Drawing on data from 15 industry sectors, new ARC research catalogues how the Region's industrial make-up compare to that of the country as a whole. Overall, while post-Recession employment growth has been positive in Appalachia, it lags behind the growth that was experienced by the country as a whole. The report also finds an overall employment shift across the Region towards professional & technical services; health & social services; and tourism-related jobs. More information and state-by-state fact sheets available at arc.gov/research.   Read the press release
 
 

In the Region This Week: November 7
In this issue: ARC hosts convening of new POWER grantees and prepares for next round of POWER funding to continue diversifying Region's coal-impacted economy; Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas visit West Virginia to discuss state's up-and-coming tech sector and other ARC investments. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: October 31
In this issue: ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas and Kentucky Department of Local Government Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo announce $2 million ARC investment to the Morgan County Water District (MCWD) and the City of West Liberty to upgrade the area's water infrastructure; ARC support helps Spring Industrial Park in Holly Springs, Mississippi become the first BNSF Certified Railway Site in the southeast. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: October 24
In this issue: ARC's inaugural Appalachian Leadership Institute kicks off in Morehead, KY with an agenda featuring U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan, shared visioning for the region and more; ARC support helps launch East Mississippi Community College's Communiverity, a state-of-the-art learning facility for skills in advanced manufacturing and other emerging sectors seeking skilled workers. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: October 17
In this issue: Grow Ohio Valley uses ARC POWER support to open the Public Market in Wheeling, WV, a facility where here 40+ local producers can sell vegetables, eggs, milk, meats and more; Outdoor Economy Conference highlights growing economic impact of tourism in Western NC , where over 760 jobs and $8.6 million in local sourcing dollars were generated by outdoor recreation. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: October 10
In this issue: ARC's POWER Initiative announces $44.4 million investment to expand broadband, ignite entrepreneurship and more in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities; ARC Federal Co-Chairman joins Governor Bill Lee in opening new call center in Sneedville, TN, which has already added 50 new jobs in Hancock County. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces $44.4 Million To Diversify Region's Coal-Impacted Communities
On October 8, ARC announced a $44.4 million investment package 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 54 awards are projected to create or retain over 5,700 jobs, leverage more than $39 million in private investment, create and/or retain 2,940 businesses, and train thousands of workers and students within the broadband, entrepreneurship, substance abuse recovery, tourism and other industry sectors across coal-impacted communities in nine Appalachian states. Read the press release
 
 

In the Region This Week: October 3
In this issue: ARC partners with U.S. Department of Labor to award $14+ million to 10 workforce development initiatives across Appalachia; ARC participates in panel on health equity at The Atlanticfest. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: September 26
In this issue: ARC announces 40 fellows representing all 13 Appalachian states as inaugural class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute; Appalachian communities leverage Opportunity Zone designations to revitalize and attract business. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

ARC Announces Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows for 2019-2020
ARC announces 40 Fellows to participate in inaugural class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, an extensive nine-month program focusing on skill-building seminars, best practice reviews, field visits, mentoring, and networking. All 13 Appalachian states and a variety of sectors are represented. Read the press release.
 
 

In the Region This Week: September 19
In this issue: ARC's Federal Co-Chairman joins the Ohio Governor's Office of Appalachia and others to visit recovery and manufacturing-focused projects in Chillicothe, OH; ARC partner, SOAR, hosts 1,300 at their 2019 Summit in Pikeville, KY. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

Legislative Update: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2020 Funding for ARC
On September 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2020 Energy & Water Development Appropriations bill which includes $175 million for ARC. Legislative update
 
 

In the Region This Week: September 12
In this issue: Appalachia Strong, ARC's 2019 Annual Summit, brought 500 doers, thinkers and leaders together to discuss strategies for strengthening the region. What makes Appalachia Strong? Summit attendees answered this question in our latest video; Network Appalachia, a group of transportation experts from across the region, met this week to discuss projects involving highways, ports, rail and more. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: September 5
In this issue: ARC's Substance Abuse Advisory Council issues Report of Recommendations to develop robust recovery ecosystem in Region; ARC's Annual Summit Appalachia Strong: Prosperity. Progress. Growth. underway in Asheville, North Carolina. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) Presents Final Report of Recommendations to ARC
ARC's Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) presented a final Report of Recommendations outlining proposed steps for supporting a robust recovery ecosystem in Appalachia, including developing community playbooks, model workforce training programs, employer toolkits, and community navigation programs. Read the press release.
 
 

In the Region This Week: August 29
In this issue: ARC Federal Co-Chairman joins Congressman "GT" Thompson and a host of other state partners to discuss the role federal investment plays in boosting local economies in Appalachian Pennsylvania; ARC support helps Alabama Launchpad reach and support entrepreneurs in Appalachian Alabama, including a combined award of $150,000 to two Birmingham-based startups. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: August 22
In this issue: ARC Federal Co-Chairman and Senator Shelley Moore Capito tour West Virginia to see ARC investments, discuss capital access with ARC partners and more; Using support from ARC and state partners, BRIGHT Kentucky is building the next generation of leadership in Appalachian Kentucky. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: August 15
In this issue: Through the ARC-sponsored Appalachian Gateway Community Initiative, Mercer County, WV developed the Peak of Bloom festival to capitalize on the area's natural & cultural assets; Main Street Alabama will use ARC support to help two towns continue revitalizing historic buildings and attracting new business. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: August 8
In this issue: ARC support helps pave the way for business growth in Taylor, Pennsylvania, where a Local Access Road grant will help retain/create over 2,800 jobs in Stauffer Industrial Park; Base Camp Coding Academy will use ARC support to transform an abandoned factory into a multi-use training facility and tech incubator in Missississippi. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 
 

In the Region This Week: August 1
In this issue: ARC awards $215,000 to pilot ride-to-recovery program in Huntington, WV in an effort to bridge transportation gaps for people in long-term recovery; ARC's Appalachian Teaching Project Summer Fellow spearheads impact evaluation study of ARC investments and finds a majority of projects outperformed goals for job and business creation, worker training and more Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: July 25
In this issue: 62 students and 16 teachers from every Appalachian state spend summer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of ARC/ORAU Summer STEM Program; Innovation Readiness Training in Appalachian New York enables Department of Defense to meet training needs while helping Cortland and Chenango counties address medical needs. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
 
 

In the Region This Week: July 18
In this issue: A new report summarizes findings from six ARC hosted Recovery-to-Work listenings sessions and offers five key themes that will be used by ARC's Substance Abuse Advisory Council to make final recommendations later this year; ARC support will help Houston, Mississippi develop more warehouse space to expand furniture manufacturing sector. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.