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2012 Press Releases

 November 2012
Appalachian Businesses to Get Export Boost from New Partnership
On November 15, 2012, ARC and the U.S. Commercial Service joined in a new export promotion partnership to help boost exports from Appalachia-based businesses.
 September 2012
ARC Announces Support for Creation of Five New Angel Investment Funds in the Appalachian Region
ARC will provide funding and technical assistance to help create five new angel investment funds that will invest in small businesses in Appalachia.
 August 2012
ARC Ready to Work with Local Leaders to Address Drought Problems, Says Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl
Gohl and other members of the White House Rural Council met August 7, 2012, to discuss the Obama administration's multi-agency effort to assist rural areas affected by drought. The USDA has designated 56 Appalachian counties as eligible for drought assistance.
 August 2012
Obama Administration Announces $9 Million Investment in Rural Communities through Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge
The 13 selected projects will promote job creation, spur innovation, and provide assistance to entrepreneurs and businesses in a wide range of industrial sectors. The five winning Appalachian projects will receive a total of more than $4.2 million.
 July 2012
High School Students and Teachers from 12 Appalachian States Complete 2012 ARC–Oak Ridge Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute
Fifty students and teachers conducted hands-on research through the 2015 ARC/Oak Ridge National Laboratory summer math-science-technology institute, held July 11-24.
 July 2012
Congress Urges Completion of Appalachian Development Highway System
In a major transportation bill signed by President Barack Obama on July 6, 2012, Congress approved the most significant federal commitment to the timely completion of the Appalachian Development Highway System since 1998.
 June 2012
ARC Partners in AIR.U Consortium to Expand Broadband Access in Underserved Rural Communities
Using "white space" technology, the AIR.U consortium will deploy Super Wi-Fi networks that will upgrade the broadband Internet access available to underserved university campuses and their surrounding communities.
 June 2012
Seven Appalachian Towns Selected to Receive ARC and EPA Technical Assistance to Enhance Community Quality of Life
The Livable Communities technical assistance will help the towns improve their livability by promoting economic development while safeguarding the local landscape.
 March 2012
Ohioan Bob Proud, Clermont County Commissioner, Receives 2012 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award
Bob Proud was recognized by the Development District Association of Appalachia at its 2012 annual conference for his work as founder of the Whole in My Heart military support group, which provides assistance to the families and friends of deployed troops.
 March 2012
Regional Planning and Development Advocate James Mylott Receives 2012 John D. Whisman Vision Award
The Development District Association of Appalachia recognized James Mylott for his two decades of service to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council promoting regional planning and development.
 March 2012
ARC is Regional Funding Partner in $15 Million Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge
The multi-agency federal funding opportunity aims to help rural communities accelerate job creation by leveraging local assets, building stronger communities, and creating regional linkages. Applications are due May 9, 2012.
 January 2012
Alabama Governor Bentley to Serve as 2012 ARC States' Co-Chair
Governor Robert Bentley has been selected by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as 2012 states' co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.