Infrastructure developments—such as water and wastewater systems, broadband, and transportation networks—play a critical role in Appalachia’s capacity to compete in the global economy. ARC’s infrastructure investments leverage additional resources that attract new business, create jobs, increase household income, and strengthen the Region’s economy.
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Many Appalachian communities continue to lack basic infrastructure or require significant improvements in order to achieve long-lasting community economic development. ARC’s investments in critical infrastructure, like adequate water and wastewater systems, directly benefit the Region’s economic development, public health, and natural resource protection. These projects open up land for new development, allow new and existing businesses to expand, and help create and retain jobs. Additionally, these projects are highly leveraged with funding from local communities and other state and federal funding agencies.
Broadband and Data
Investments in broadband deployment, smart grids, and access to information technology are investments in Appalachia’s future. Reliable and affordable broadband gives local businesses access to the digital marketplace, facilitates online learning and workforce development, and connects communities. Smart grid technology improves efficiencies in providing utilities such as water and electricity. ARC’s investments in broadband and data infrastructure are helping Appalachian communities—especially those in distressed counties and areas—compete and participate in the modern economy.
ARC also represents the region’s interests in national discussions as a member of the American Broadband Initiative, the Broadband Interagency Working Group (BIWG), and the Consumer Advisory Committee at the Federal Communications Commission.
An efficient transportation system is critical to the Region’s future economic success. Reliable transportation systems ensure that people can safely and successfully access opportunities, services, and markets through highways, railways, and ports. Highways have been part of ARC’s core mission since 1965, when we began working with state transportation departments and other partners to develop the Appalachian Development Highway System and Local Access Roads. Ultimately, transportation investments aim to link Appalachia’s residents, businesses, and communities with each other and the rest of the nation.
ARC is dedicated to improving the region’s communities by investing in downtown revitalization projects, such as pedestrian and bike infrastructure and streetscaping. These projects, which often integrate traditional water/sewer and broadband infrastructure, aim to support small businesses and make Appalachia’s downtown districts vibrant places to live, work, and recreate.