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 June 2017
Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $15.7 Million to Strengthen Economies in Appalachia’s Coal-Impacted Communities
On June 14, ARC announced $15.7 million in investments that will help grow the economies in coal-impacted communities in seven Appalachian states by creating or retaining more than 1,700 jobs, benefiting nearly 1,200 students and workers, and leveraging an additional $64 million into the Appalachian Region.
 March 2017
Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $2.4 Million in Additional Investments to Strengthen Appalachia’s Economy
On March 28, ARC announced $2.4 million in additional investments to continue diversifying the economy in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities. These investments will create and retain hundreds of jobs in advanced manufacturing and agriculture, build a workforce pipeline through the Region’s community colleges, and identify additional economic opportunities for economic growth in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
 February 2017
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Named 2017 Appalachian Regional Commission States’ Co-Chair
Chosen by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the Commission's 2017 states' co-chair, Wolf 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.
 January 2017
Appalachian Regional Commission Invests $26 Million in Appalachia’s Economic Future
On January 19, ARC announced $26 million in investments that will help coal-impacted communities in the Region train more than 7,300 workers and students in certificate, credentialing, and other workforce development programs and create or retain more than 2.500 jobs. These awards build on the $47 million ARC has invested since 2015 to diversity economies in Appalachia's coal-impacted communities.
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2016 Press Releases
 December 2016
150 Appalachian Students Participate in Appalachian Teaching Project Conference in Washington, D.C.
Supported by ARC and organized by ETSU's Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, ATP helps student participants cultivate leadership and public policy skills and strengthen their research skills. For 2016, students' ATP research reflects key themes in ARC’s strategic investment plan, including natural and cultural asset development, downtown revitalization, leadership and planning, workforce development, and health.
 October 2016
Obama Administration Announces Nearly $28 Million in Additional Investments to Strengthen the Economy in Nation’s Coal-Impacted Communities
On October 26, ARC and EDA announced nearly $28 million in additional 2016 POWER investments to help stimulate economic growth and opportunity in the nation’s coal-impacted communities. These grant awards supplement the $38.8 million in POWER grants announced in August and include $20.3 million for projects befitting Appalachian communities.
 October 2016
ARC Releases Toolkit to Help Rural Communities Expand Broadband Service
The Broadband Planning Primer and Toolkit offers information and resources to guide rural Appalachian communities as they undertake broadband planning and implementation efforts.
 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.
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News Briefs
 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.
 January 2017
ASD Conference to Explore Improving Communities’ Economic and Physical Health through Agriculture and Food Systems
ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl will give the keynote address at Appalachian Sustainable Development's “Intersections: Aligning Agriculture, Nutrition, Health, and Economic Development” conference on January 9 in Kingsport, Tennessee.
 December 2016
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Extending Government Funding through April 28
Signed December 10, P.L. 114-254 continues ARC's funding at the FY 2016 level, minus a .1901 percent across-the-board reduction. Commission programs and activities funded through the legislation are the same as those funded through the agency’s FY 2016 appropriation.
 October 2016
Applications for Rural Advantage Community Planning Assistance Due November 6
ARC, EPA, and partner agencies invite rural communities to apply for planning assistance through Rural Advantage, a suite of programs that help communities develop strategies to grow their economies and revitalize downtown neighborhoods. Applications for assistance are due November 6, 2016.
 October 2016
White House Rural Council Forum Spotlights Development Successes and Opportunities
Held by the White House Rural Council on October 5 at Pennsylvania State University, the forum highlighted successful economic and community development efforts in rural communities and new opportunities to support continued progress.
 September 2016
ARC Invests $8.9 Million to Boost Manufacturing Workforce Readiness in Mississippi
With ARC support, three north Mississippi community colleges will provide programs needed to train workers for technical jobs in the state’s expanding aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing industries.
 September 2016
Legislative Update: President Obama Signs Legislation Extending Government Funding through December 9
Signed September 29, 2016, the legislation continues ARC’s funding at the FY 2016 level.
 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.
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Events
 June 2017
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2017 Annual Conference
June 27–29, 2017
Resort at Glade Springs
Daniels, West Virginia
Conference flyer (PDF: 240 KB)
 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.
 December 2016
2016 Appalachian Teaching Project Conference
December 2–3, 2016
Crystal City Marriott
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia
Conference agenda (PDF: 146 KB)
2016 ATP participants and project descriptions (PDF: 144 KB)
Videos of conference presentations
 November 2016
Appalachian Higher Education Network 2016 Fall Meeting
November 9–10, 2016
Erma Byrd Higher Education Center
Beaver, West Virginia
Meeting agenda (PDF: 117 KB)
 October 2016
Global Appalachia Workshop
October 24–26, 2016
Washington, D.C.
Workshop agenda (PDF: 130 KB)
 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
Conference agenda (PDF: 152 KB)
Conference summary
 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.
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