Community Infrastructure

Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative: Leveraging Natural and Cultural Assets

Appalachia’s gateway communities — towns bordering national and state parks and forests– balance their need for economic growth with their interest in preserving the surrounding natural ecosystems, landscapes, and cultural heritage. Since 2007, ARC, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the Conservation Fund have partnered on the Appalachian…
West Virginia

Corridor H: Driving Opportunity

Corridor H, a section of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), links central West Virginia with Virginia. The West Virginia portion of the route — 133.6 miles — begins in Weston, West Virginia and travels across the state’s more remote areas in Grant, Tucker, and Hardy counties to the Virginia state…

Pocahontas County: Upgrading and Expanding Wastewater Services

Pocahontas County in rural West Virginia has limited sewer system service. Instead, the area’s households and businesses rely upon septic tanks which can result untreated sewage discharge into the headwaters for important regional waterways. Using ARC support, the Pocahontas County Public Service District is expanding and upgrading the area’s…

Lackawanna County Undergoes Broadband Expansion

Scranton, Pennsylvania needed stronger broadband service to meet local business demand and offer faster municipal services. The first step was to build a new transmission tower. As the County government began this work, they also partnered with ARC to purchase new equipment, including radio transmitters. ARC project funds were also…

Pathway & Project-Based Learning in Automotive & Aerospace Manufacturing

With ARC support, North Carolina’s Isothermal Community College (ICC) has raised community awareness of career opportunities available in the manufacturing sector, enhanced manufacturing-related curriculum and pathways at the secondary and post-secondary levels, and is preparing students for gainful employment in the manufacturing, automotive, and aerospace industries.

Rome, Georgia: An Opportunity Zone of Investment

In 2018, the River District across from the Oostanaula River in Rome, Georgia was designated as an Opportunity Zone to spur investment and economic development through tax incentives. Today, the River District is poised for development but does not have adequate infrastructure making this project crucial for meeting future development…