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Press Releases
 March 2018
New Data Visualization Tool Enables In-Depth, County-by-County Look at Impact of Opioid Epidemic in Appalachian Region
Developed by NORC at the University of Chicago and ARC, the Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool integrates overdose mortality rates for Appalachia's 420 counties with data on socioeconomic factors including unemployment, poverty, disability, and others.
 February 2018
Appalachian Regional Commission Releases FY 2017 State-by-State Investment Overview
In February 2018, ARC released a state-by-state overview of the Commission’s fiscal year 2017 economic development investments in the Appalachian Region. The overview includes 13 state investment fact sheets, as well as a companion fact sheet outlining ARC’s regional investments during the fiscal year.
 February 2018
Appalachian Regional Commission Issues Request for Proposals to Help Appalachia’s Coal-Impacted Communities Diversify and Grow Local Economies
On February 1, ARC issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 2018 POWER Initiative funding to help Appalachia's coal-impacted communities create a more vibrant economic future. The Commission is making up to $20 million available through the RFP.
 January 2018
Appalachian Regional Commission Announces Research Series Examining the Impacts of Declining Coal Production on the Region’s Economy
The January 2018 research series An Economic Analysis of the Appalachian Coal Industry Ecosystem is the first comprehensive assessment of current and potential effects the changing coal industry can have on the Appalachian Region. The series' five reports explore some of the current and future economic effects of declining coal production on components of Appalachia’s coal industry ecosystem, including supply chain industries, electric power generation, and transportation, as well as funding implications for K–12 education.
 January 2018
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Named 2018 Appalachian Regional Commission States’ Co-Chair
Chosen by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the Commission's 2018 states' co-chair, Bryant will work directly with the ARC federal co-chair in this leadership role to continue the agency's commitment to economic growth in the 13-state Appalachian Region.
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2017 Press Releases
 December 2017
Appalachian Regional Commission Hosts Appalachian Teaching Project Conference in Washington, D.C., Featuring Student Research on Regional Community Development Issues
Student research projects to be presented at the 2017 ATP conference focus on developing Appalachia’s natural and cultural assets, supporting public education initiatives, expanding downtown development and community leadership efforts, enhancing health and the quality of life in Appalachia, and cultivating the economic potential of the Region’s waterways.
 September 2017
Appalachian Regional Commission Announces Nearly $2 Million in Additional POWER Investments in Central Appalachia
On September 6, ARC announced $1.9 million in investments that will continue strengthening the economies of Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities. With these awards, ARC has now invested a total of $94 million to diversify the economies in 250 coal-impacted counties across 11 Appalachian states.
 August 2017
Appalachian Region Endures Dramatic Health Challenges Compared with Nation, New Research Shows
The report Health Disparities in Appalachia, issued in August 2017 by ARC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, documents dramatic disparities in health outcomes and other health-related factors in the Appalachian Region, compared with the nation as a whole. The first part of a multi-part research project, the study reviewed 41 health indicators to provide a comprehensive overview of the health of the Region's 25 million people, and examined 20-year trends for selected indicators.
 July 2017
New ARC Study Illustrates Continued Economic Impact of Appalachian Development Highway System
In July 2017, ARC released a new study that estimates the economic outcomes of work completed on the Appalachian Development Highway System to date, and forecasts the future economic impacts, benefits, and costs associated with completing the system.
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News Briefs
 March 2018
Legislative Update: FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation Includes $155 Million for ARC
Signed by President Trump on March 23, the omnibus bill provides the highest level of funding for ARC’s nonhighway programs in the agency’s history.
 February 2018
Legislative Update: Continuing Resolution Extends Government Funding through March 23
Signed by the president on February 9, the legislation continues agency funding, including ARC’s, at the FY 2017 level, minus a small across-the-board reduction. It also sets overall budget numbers to guide the congressional appropriations committees in drafting an omnibus appropriations bill for the rest of FY 2018.
 January 2018
Legislative Update: Continuing Resolution Extends Government Funding through February 8
Signed January 23, the legislation continues ARC's funding at the FY 2017 level, minus a small across-the-board reduction. Commission programs and activities funded through the legislation are the same as those funded through the agency’s FY 2017 appropriation.
 January 2018
President Trump Nominates Tim Thomas to Serve as ARC Federal Co-Chair
Announced January 4, Thomas' nomination was referred to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on January 8 for consideration and review.
 December 2017
Legislative Update: Continuing Resolution Extends Government Funding through January 19
Signed December 22, the legislation continues ARC's funding at the FY 2017 level, minus a small across-the-board reduction. Commission programs and activities funded through the legislation are the same as those funded through the agency’s FY 2017 appropriation.
 December 2017
Legislative Update: Continuing Resolution Extends Government Funding through December 22
Signed December 8, the legislation continues ARC's funding at the FY 2017 level, minus a small across-the-board reduction. Commission programs and activities funded through the legislation are the same as those funded through the agency’s FY 2017 appropriation.
 September 2017
Legislative Update: President Signs Legislation Extending Government Funding through December 8
Signed September 8, the legislation continues ARC's funding at the FY 2017 level, minus a small across-the-board reduction. Commission programs and activities funded through the legislation are the same as those funded through the agency’s FY 2017 appropriation.
 July 2017
Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2018 Appropriations Legislation Containing $130 Million for ARC
Approved on July 27, the legislation provides $70 million for ARC’s regular program and $50 million for the POWER Initiative to help communities adversely impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.
 July 2017
Legislative Update: Senate, House Appropriations Committees Approve FY 2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bills Containing ARC Funding
The Senate appropriations bill provides $142 million for ARC’s nonhighway programs, while the House bill contains $130 million for ARC. Both bills include $70 million for ARC’s regular program and $50 million for the POWER Initiative to help Appalachian communities adversely impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.
 May 2017
Legislative Update: President Trump Signs FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation
Signed on May 5, the compromise legislation funds the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2017. The measure provides $152 million for ARC programs.
 May 2017
Legislative Update: FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation Includes $152 Million for ARC
The May 1 omnibus bill provides $6 million more for ARC's FY 2017 programs than the Commission received for FY 2016. House and Senate action on the legislation is pending.
 March 2017
Legislative Update: President’s FY 2018 Budget Blueprint Outlines Spending Priorities, Proposes Elimination of Agencies Including ARC
Released March 16, the president’s budget blueprint proposes increased federal funding for certain defense, security, and other programs, with the increases offset by proposed reductions in or elimination of a range of programs, including ARC.
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Events
 June 2018
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2018 Annual Conference
June 19–21, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore
Asheville, North Carolina
 June 2018
Appalachian Development Highway System Workshop
June 12–13, 2018
Big Sandy Arena
1 Center Plaza
Huntington, West Virginia
 June 2018
Network Appalachia Spring 2018 Meeting
June 5, 2018
Washington, D.C.
 April 2018
Appalachia Funders Network 2018 Annual Meeting
April 24–26, 2018
Pikeville, Kentucky
Event Web site
 March 2018
Development District Association of Appalachia 2018 Annual Conference
March 18–21, 2018
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia
 February 2018
ARC 2018 Governors' Quorum Meeting
February 25, 2018
4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
J.W. Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
 February 2018
2018 POWER Initiative Regional Workshops
February 14: California, Pennsylvania
February 20: Greenville, South Carolina
February 28: Daniels, West Virginia
March 8: Hazard, Kentucky
March 14: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
 February 2018
2018 POWER Initiative Webinar Series
February 8: An Overview of What's New in the 2018 POWER RFP
February 15: Good Grant Guidance for the 2018 POWER RFP
February 22: Understanding Appalachia's Coal Industry Ecosystem
March 1: Finding the Right Match to Meet the 2018 POWER RFP Match Requirements
 December 2017
ARC-FHWA Webinar: Economic Impacts of the Appalachian Development Highway System
December 13, 2017
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. EST
Watch the recorded webinar
Download the webinar presentation (PDF: 5 MB)
 December 2017
2017 Appalachian Teaching Project Conference
December 1–2, 2017
Crystal City Marriott
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia
Conference agenda (PDF: 168 KB)
2017 ATP participants and project descriptions (PDF: 150 KB)
 October 2017
Transforming Appalachia: Embracing Change to Drive Progress
An Appalachian Regional Commission Conference
Hosted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

October 17–19, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh–Green Tree
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Summit program and presentations
 September 2017
Global Appalachia Workshop
September 11–13, 2017
Washington, D.C.
Workshop agenda (PDF: 144 KB)
 June 2017
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2017 Annual Conference
June 27–29, 2017
Resort at Glade Springs
Daniels, West Virginia
Conference summary
Conference flyer (PDF: 240 KB)
 April 2017
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2017 Spring Meeting
April 24–26, 2017
Washington, D.C.
Meeting summary
 March 2017
Appalachia Funders Network 2017 Annual Meeting
March 28–30, 2017
Abingdon, Virginia
Event Web site
 March 2017
Diversification and Growth in Appalachia: Developing a Workforce to Meet the Demands of a Changing Economy
Development District Association of Appalachia Annual Conference
March 19–21, 2017
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia
 February 2017
ARC 2017 Governors' Quorum Meeting
February 26, 2017
4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
J.W. Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
 March 2016
2016 POWER Initiative Webinar Series
March 23: What is the POWER Initiative?
April 6: Research and Data: What is a Coal-Impacted Community?
April 20: POWER Implementation Grants: The Application Process
May 4: POWER Technical Assistance Grants: The Application Process
May 18: A Guide to Matching Funds
June 1: Frequently Asked Questions on the POWER Initiative
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