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Press Releases
 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.
 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.
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News Briefs
 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
FY 2017, FY 17, legislative update, continuing resolution, appropriations
 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
 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
 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.
 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)
Videos of 2015 presentations
 December 2015
Appalachian Gateway Communities 2015-2016 Regional Workshops
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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