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Press Releases
 September 2016
Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $1.78 Million Investment to Strengthen Western North Carolina’s Economy
On September 14, ARC announced nearly $1.8 million in investments to help strengthen western North Carolina’s economy by expanding the region's advanced manufacturing training programs and bolstering wi-fi capabilities in ten rural communities.
 August 2016
Obama Administration Invests $38.8 Million to Strengthen Economy in Nation’s Coal-Impacted Communities
On August 24, ARC joined the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration in announcing the award of $38.8 million in grants through the administration's POWER Initiative to help stimulate economic growth and opportunity in coal-impacted communities. These 2016 POWER investments include $26.7 million for projects benefitting 142 counties in 8 Appalachian states.
 June 2016
Appalachian Regional Commission Launches "Bon Appétit Appalachia!," the Region’s Most Comprehensive Listing of Local Food Enterprises
In June 2016, ARC released Bon Appétit Appalachia!, a searchable online map of local food businesses and entrepreneurs operating in the Appalachian Region. The map includes more than 830 local farms, restaurants, bakeries, breweries, wineries, and festivals in the 13 Appalachian states. An abridged print version of the map is being published in regional Edible Communities magazines in and around the Region.
 March 2016
Obama Administration Announces $65.8 Million Available for Economic and Workforce Development in Coal-Impacted Communities
On March 17, 2016, ARC and the U.S. Economic Development Administration announced the availability of $65.8 million through the Obama Administration’s POWER Initiative to help coal-impacted communities and regions develop new strategies for economic growth and worker advancement.
 February 2016
Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $45,000 Grant to the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham to Promote Public Health
The ARC award is part of an effort by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, to promote health in Appalachian and southern states.
 February 2016
$120 Million for Appalachian Regional Commission Included in FY 2017 Presidential Budget Request to Congress
The administration's proposed fiscal year 2017 funding for ARC includes $70 million for the Commission's base area development program and $50 million to implement the multi-agency POWER Initiative.
 February 2016
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Named 2016 Appalachian Regional Commission States’ Co-Chair
Haslam was selected by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve in the role of states' co-chair for the Commission for 2016.
 January 2016
Six Appalachian Communities Receive 2016 Federal Local Foods, Local Places Awards to Integrate Local Food Strategies into Main Street Revitalization and Public Health Efforts
The Appalachian communities are among the 27 awardees nationwide who will receive technical support to integrate local food into their community development strategies to help create economic opportunity, improve access to healthy local food, and revitalize rural downtowns and main streets.
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2015 Press Releases
 December 2015
Appalachian Regional Commission Hosts 120 Appalachian Youth Leaders in Washington to Discuss Regional Economic Development
On December 4–5, 2015, students and faculty representing 15 Appalachian colleges and universities will participate in the 15th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference, hosted by ARC. ATP helps build youth leadership by giving students the opportunity to develop applied research projects on emerging development issues in Appalachia and present their work to peers and leaders at an annual symposium.
 October 2015
Appalachian Regional Commission Invests in Obama Administration Economic Initiative in Coal-Impacted Communities
On October 15, 2015, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl was joined by state and federal officials in announcing POWER awards made to six projects in the Region that aim to help diversify economies in areas impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.
 October 2015
Team Announced to Lead Innovative Community Health Research Project in Appalachia
PDA, Inc., of Raleigh, North Carolina, will be the lead investigator for "Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots," a regional public health research project exploring health outcomes in Appalachian communities. The project is sponsored by ARC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
 October 2015
ARC Announces $300,000 Investment to Provide Equipment and Support for North Carolina’s Textile Industry
On October 2, ARC announced $300,000 in grants to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and provide support for the Manufacturing Solutions Center, a division of Catawba Valley Community College in Burke County; Industrial Commons; and the Carolina Textile District, a Morganton-based multi-state network of small and medium-sized textile and apparel manufacturers. The investment will help strengthen North Carolina textile manufacturers’ global competitiveness.
 June 2015
Obama Administration Announces 2015 Local Foods, Local Places Assistance
Announced June 30, the second round of the Local Foods, Local Places program will provide direct technical support to help communities build strong local food systems to spur economic growth. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 15.
 June 2015
ARC Announces Successful First-Round Investment Closing of Appalachian Community Capital
At the Clinton Global Initiative's June 2015 CGI America meeting, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl announced the successful first-round investment closing of Appalachian Community Capital, a new central bank for development lenders that will increase the availability of capital to Appalachia's small businesses. More than $15 million in new investment capital has been committed. When fully funded, ACC is expected to leverage $233 million in private bank capital and help create 2,200 jobs.
 May 2015
Administration Announces Implementation Funding for POWER Initiative; ARC to Provide $500,000 in Grants
ARC will join EDA, ETA, and the SBA in offering a total of up to $35.5 million in implementation funding through the administration's POWER Initiative to assist communities affected by changes in the coal industry and power sector. ARC grants of up to $75,000 each will help communities undertake coordinated economic and workforce development activities developed through a region-wide planning process. Applications for ARC funding are due July 10, 2015.
 April 2015
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl Honored with Visionary Impact Award
Gohl was recognized by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers April 7 at the 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta for his leadership in the effort to combat prescription substance abuse.
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News Briefs
 July 2016
2016 West Virginia Brownfields Conference Will Feature Inaugural Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit
The conference and summit will take place September 7-8 in Charleston, West Virginia.
 May 2016
Legislative Update: Senate Approves FY 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Legislation Containing $151 Million for ARC
Approved by the Senate on May 12, the legislation provides $5 million more than the Commission received in FY 2016. The funding total includes $50 million for the administration’s POWER Initiative to help coal-impacted communities.
 April 2016
Legislative Update: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill Containing $151 Million for ARC
Approved on April 14, the legislation provides $151 million for ARC's FY 2017 nonhighway programs. Action from the House appropriations committee on its version of the legislation is pending.
 April 2016
Appalachian Leaders Receive Awards at 2016 DDAA Conference
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright, and SEDA-Council of Governments Executive Director Dennis Robinson were recognized by the DDDAA April 4 for their service to the people of Appalachia and their support for economic development efforts in the Region.
 March 2016
ARC Joins Federal, Philanthropic Partners in Food LINC Initiative to Strengthen Local-Food Supply Chains
In March 2016, ARC joined USDA and national and regional philanthropic partners in the Food LINC initiative to connect demand for local food in urban areas with supply from farmers and ranchers, strengthening regional local food sectors.
 March 2016
ARC Partners with Operation UNITE on 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit
ARC is the education sponsor of the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, to be held March 28-31 in Atlanta, Georgia. The summit is the largest national collaboration of clinicians, government and business leaders, treatment professionals, advocates, and others to address the nation’s growing prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic.
 February 2016
Legislative Update: Obama Administration Requests $120 Million for ARC for FY 2017
The president’s proposed FY 2017 budget includes $70 million for the Commission's base program and an additional $50 million for the administration's POWER Initiative to continue to provide assistance to coal-impacted communities through a regional competitive grant process. The budget request is the largest for the agency in more than three decades.
 December 2015
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation
On December 18, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved, and President Barack Obama signed, compromise legislation funding the federal government for fiscal year 2016. The measure provides $146 million for ARC.
 December 2015
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Multi-Year Highway Bill Reauthorizing ARC through FY 2020
Signed by the president on December 4, P.L. 114-94 authorizes ARC's nonhighway program through FY 2020 at a funding level of $110 million a year.
 September 2015
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Funding Government Operations through December 11, 2015
Signed on September 30, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016 (P.L. 114-53), provides funding for government agencies at the FY 2015 level minus an across-the-board cut of 0.21 percent.
 September 2015
Obama Administration Selects Three Appalachian Communities as Rural IMPACT Demonstration Sites
Berea, Kentucky; Hillsboro, Ohio; and Oakland, Maryland, were selected as demonstration sites for the national Rural IMPACT project, launched to help communities adopt a comprehensive, whole-family framework for addressing child poverty. The project will meet the needs of both vulnerable children and their parents with the goal of increasing parents’ employment and education and improving the health and well-being of children and families.
 August 2015
Kentucky Launches Development of Statewide Broadband Network
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers at Hazard Community and Technical College on August 31 to launch the development of KentuckyWired, a statewide broadband network that will provide affordable, reliable high-speed Internet connectivity across the state.
 July 2015
Legislative Update: Senate Approves Six-Year Highway Reauthorization Bill; Congress Extends Funding for Highway Programs through October 29
Approved July 30, the Senate surface transportation bill includes a six-year reauthorization of ARC nonhighway programs, as well as authorization for a new broadband deployment initiative at the Commission. House consideration of a multi-year surface transportation bill is pending. Congress has passed a three-month extension of federal highway program funding to allow continued work on the reauthorization legislation.
 July 2015
Pittsburgh Manufacturing Community is Selected for Support through National IMCP Competition
The Greater Pittsburgh Metals Manufacturing Community is one of 12 additional communities nationwide recognized through the federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, which aims to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States. The selected communities will receive coordinated support from ARC and other agencies.
 May 2015
Legislative Update: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill Containing $105 Million for ARC
The legislation provides a total of $105 million for ARC's FY 2016 nonhighway programs, of which $25 million is allocated for the administration’s proposed POWER+ Plan to help communities that have been adversely impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.
 May 2015
Legislative Update: House Approves FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill Containing $95 Million for ARC
Approved on May 1, the legislation provides $95 million for ARC's FY 2016 nonhighway programs. This amount is $5 million more than the Commission's FY 2015 funding level. Action from the Senate appropriations committee is pending.
 April 2015
Legislative Update: House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
Approved on April 22, the legislation provides a total of $95 million for ARC's FY 2016 nonhighway programs. This amount is $5 million more than ARC's FY 2015 funding level.
 March 2015
POWER Initiative to Assist Communities Affected by Changes in Coal Industry and Power Sector
on March 27, ARC Executive Director Scott Hamilton joined senior administration officials and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear in announcing the initiative, which will award competitive grants to help impacted communities diversify their economies, create jobs in new or existing industries, and provide skills training.
 March 2015
President Obama Announces TechHire Initiative to Boost High-Tech Training and Employment
Announced March 9, the multi-sector initiative aims to help workers gain the skills needed for and connect with well-paying technology jobs. Eastern Kentucky and Chattanooga, Tennessee, are among the communities nationwide that have committed to developing strategies to expand workers' access to tech jobs.
 March 2015
ARC-Hosted Roundtable Examines Opportunities, Strategies for Eastern Kentucky’s Technology Workforce
The March 4 gathering of workforce and technology leaders identified strengths in the effort to build a competitive technology workforce that can help diversify Appalachian Kentucky's economy.
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Events
 November 2016
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2016 Fall Meeting
November 9–10, 2016
Erma Byrd Higher Education Center
Beaver, West Virginia
 October 2016
Global Appalachia Workshop
October 24–26, 2016
Washington, D.C.
 August 2016
Aspire Appalachia: Collaborations in Rural Development Conference
An Appalachian Regional Commission Conference
Hosted by the State of Tennessee

August 30–31, 2016
Millennium Centre
Johnson City, Tennessee
Conference program, videos, and presentations
 June 2016
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2016 Annual Conference
June 21–23, 2016
MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center
Kingsport, Tennessee
 April 2016
Appalachia Funders Network 2016 Annual Meeting
April 19–21, 2016
Roanoke, West Virginia
Event Web site
 April 2016
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2016 Spring Meeting
April 13–16, 2016
Washington, D.C.
Meeting agenda (PDF: 176 KB)
 April 2016
Appalachia: America’s Next Great Investment Opportunity
Development District Association of Appalachia Annual Conference
April 3–5, 2016
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia
Conference photos
 February 2016
ARC 2016 Governors' Quorum Meeting
February 21, 2016
4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
J.W. Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
 December 2015
ARC Tourism Advisory Council Meeting
December 16, 2015
Appalachian Regional Commission
1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, D.C.
Meeting agenda (PDF: 82 KB)
 December 2015
2015 Appalachian Teaching Project Presentations
December 4–5, 2015
Crystal City Marriott
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia
Presentations agenda (PDF: 150 KB)
Participants and project descriptions (PDF: 154 KB)
Video of 2015 presentations
 December 2015
Appalachian Gateway Communities Regional Workshops 2015–2016
Berea, Kentucky: December 1–3, 2015
Rogersville, Alabama: February 9–11, 2016
 November 2015
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2015 Fall Meeting
November 18–20, 2015
Shawnee State University
Portsmouth, Ohio
Meeting agenda (PDF: 364 KB)
Meeting summary
 November 2015
Global Appalachia Workshop
November 3–4, 2015
Washington, D.C.
Workshop agenda (PDF: 118 KB)
 October 2015
Forum on Community Data Centers in Appalachia
October 29, 2015
9:15 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
The Company Lab Offices
Edney Innovation Center
1100 Market Street, Suite 100
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Forum agenda (PDF: 33 KB)
 October 2015
Appalachian Apps: Transforming the Region's Economy Conference
An Appalachian Regional Commission Conference
Hosted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky

October 14-15, 2015
Center for Rural Development
Somerset, Kentucky
 June 2015
Appalachian Health Policy Advisory Council Meeting
June 24, 2015
Appalachian Regional Commission
1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, D.C.
Meeting agenda (PDF: 35 KB)
Meeting summary
 June 2015
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2015 Annual Conference
June 23–25, 2015
Center for Rural Development
Somerset, Kentucky
 May 2015
ARC 2015 Strategic Planning Listening Sessions
May 15: Forest City, North Carolina
May 21: Starkville, Mississippi
June 4: Morehead, Kentucky
June 11: Altoona, Pennsylvania
June 16: Morgantown, West Virginia
 April 2015
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2015 Spring Meeting
April 20–23, 2015
Washington Renaissance Hotel
999 9th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
Meeting agenda (PDF: 47 KB)
 April 2015
Appalachia Funders Network 2015 Annual Meeting
April 14–16, 2015
Kingsport, Tennessee
Event Web site
 March 2015
Appalachia’s Legacy of Resilience: How Emerging Economic Opportunities Are Making the Region Stronger
Development District Association of Appalachia Annual Conference
March 22–24, 2015
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia
Conference photos
 February 2015
ARC 2015 Governors' Quorum Meeting
February 22, 2015
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
J.W. Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
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