The Appalachian Region includes all of West Virginia and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Region is home to more than 25 million people and covers 420 counties and almost 205,000 square miles.
In the Region This Week: June 13 In this issue: ARC support helps Community Colleges of Appalachia double membership and hold its largest conference to date, during which regional colleges were honored for their outstanding initiatives; SWVA's 19 counties are finding economic boosts through natural and cultural assets. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
In the Region This Week: June 6 In this issue: ARC hosts 200+ at two free grant-writing workshops for DOL WORC grants, which offer up to $2.5 million for workforce development programs in Appalachia; ARC support helps Williamson, WV conduct broadband study to eventually enhance internet access across Mingo County. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
ARC Accepting Research Proposals on Public Transportation Issues in Region's Rural Areas ARC is now accepting proposals from qualified researchers and consultants to conduct research and provide guidance regarding public transportation in the Appalachian Region, with a particular focus on rural public transportation issues. This project will help ARC better understand the extent to which existing public transportation services are adequately creating or enhancing access for disadvantaged populations, particularly those in rural areas. Proposals are due on or before the close of business, July 12, 2019. Read the Request for Proposals.
In the Region This Week: May 30 In this issue: ARC Federal Co-Chair visits Tennessee investments, including an update on Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative's expansion of broadband into unconnected areas; ARC partner, Spark Center SC, helps a Spartanburg business resume operations just days after a 2017 tornado devastated their headquarters. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
Legislative Update On May 21, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY20 Energy & Water Development Appropriations, which includes $170 million for ARC in the forthcoming fiscal year (the highest non-highway funding in ARC's history). Of this appropriation, $50 million is to continue the POWER Initiative to diversify the economy in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities, $10 million is to continue a program of broadband deployment in distressed counties in Central Appalachia, and $10 million is to focus on workplace re-entry strategies for those in long-term recovery from substance use disorder. The balance will fund ARC's regular programs. The House is expected to consider the full Appropriations bill in June. Senate action is pending.
In the Region This Week: May 23 In this issue: Over 300,000 data points about Appalachia's income, employment, as well as education, computer access, housing, and transportation and other indicators now available; POWER Initiative grantees gather in Athens, Ohio, to meet, learn, and share. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
Funding Opportunity Available for Workforce Development! The U.S. Department of Labor is making $29 million available via 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, ranging from $150,000 - $2.5 million, 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. Communities across Appalachia, especially those underserved by other resources, are encouraged to apply. Read the RFP, and register for free grant-writing workshops June 4 in Jamestown, New York, and June 6 in Johnson City, Tennessee
ARC Releases The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from 2013-2017 ARC released The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey, also known as "The Chartbook." Drawing from the American Community Survey and comparable Census Population Estimates, the report contains over 300,000 data points about Appalachia's demographics, income, employment, as well as education, computer access, housing, and transportation and other indicators. In addition to the report, ARC has released five companion fact sheets featuring Chartbook data. Read the press release.
In the Region This Week: May 16 In this issue: ARC's Substance Abuse Advisory Council holds inaugural meeting in Knoxville and begins developing recommendations for building recovery ecosystems; Webinar on shale manufacturing brings ARC partners and industry experts together to discuss the economic opportunities associated with the Utica and Marcellus shale basins. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
ARC Announces Substance Abuse Advisory Council ARC has announced the formation of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) to develop recommendations for ARC to consider as part of a strategic plan to build and strengthen a recovery ecosystems in Appalachian communities. The 24 member volunteer advisory group represents each of the Region's 13 states, and includes leaders from law enforcement, recovery services, health, economic development, private industry, education, state government and other sectors. Read the press release.
In the Region This Week: May 9 In this issue: ARC celebrates Small Business and Infrastructure weeks by highlighting the importance of both to Appalachia's economic development; Using an ARC grant, Northampton Community College will train nearly 300 students for truck driving jobs in Pennsylvania. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
In the Region This Week: May 2 In this issue: ARC Federal Co-Chair joins South Carolina Department of Commerce to see investments at work, including several projects expanding local entrepreneurship; ARC POWER partner, Robert C. Byrd Institute?s Appalachian Hatchery, hosts an expo connecting local businesses in the auto industry supply chain with major automotive companies. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
In the Region This Week: April 25 In this issue: West Virginia Forest Products Cooperative uses an ARC POWER grant to create economic opportunities for regional forest products; New report uses ARC data to examine impacts of a declining coal industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
In the Region This Week: April 18 In this issue: ARC listens for solutions to the substance abuse crisis at sixth Recovery-to-Work listening session in Beckley, WV; With ARC support, the second annual RoboRave in Oxford, NY tripled in size, enabling more Appalachian students to develop skills for Industry 4.0 careers. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
In the Region This Week: April 11 In this issue: ARC announces the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a professional and economic development training program that equips upcoming leaders with the tools needed to address the region's most pressing issues; the ARC-supported Lineman Training program at Somerset Community College celebrates 10 years of training over 1,100 students for careers in the utility industry. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.
ARC Announces Appalachian Leadership Institute ARC is now accepting applications for the inaugural class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a new leadership and economic development training opportunity for the Region's community leaders. The program includes an extensive nine-month curriculum focusing on skill-building, seminars, best practice reviews, field visits, mentoring, and networking. Eligible applicants include representatives from Appalachia's public, private and non-profit sectors who work and/or live in the Region. Applications are due June 1. Learn more at www.arc.gov/leadershipinstitute.
In the Region This Week: April 4 In this issue: ARC announces $3.36 million in new POWER investments to strengthen substance abuse recovery and create economic opportunities via agriculture in coal-impacted communities; Lenoir, NC uses ARC support to clear debris and pave a path toward economic development. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly snapshot.