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In the Region This Week: January 12
Appalachian POWER grantees share ideas for collaboration at Washington convening; Virginia's ASD builds healthier local economies and communities through agriculture; new SBA Business Recovery Center gives help for economic recovery after Tennessee wildfires. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

ARC Seeks Proposals for Optimizing Grants Management System
ARC is accepting proposals from experienced technology consultants to review our current grants management process and to identify, evaluate, and recommend technologies for optimizing our grants management system. Proposals are due February 1; the project start date is mid February.  Request for proposals

In the Region This Week: January 5
First TechHire Eastern Kentucky grads launch new IT careers; Mountain West Partnership builds resource hub to boost business in western North Carolina; West Virginia's Refresh Appalachia will redevelop former mine lands for food production. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Extending Government Funding through April 28
Signed December 10, P.L. 114-254 continues funding for ARC programs and activities at the FY 2016 level, minus a .1901 percent across-the-board reduction.  Legislative update

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 ARC's strategic investment plan, including natural and cultural asset development, downtown revitalization, leadership and planning, workforce development, and health.  Press release

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

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 early 2017.  Read volume 1


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