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2013 Press Releases

 December 2013
ARC, EPA, and USDA Announce Four Winners of 2013 Appalachian Livable Communities Competition
Four communities in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi were selected to receive a total of up to $250,000 in technical assistance and implementation support through the 2013 Appalachian Livable Communities program, a partnership between ARC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program focuses on developing local food systems as a means of revitalizing traditional downtowns and promoting economic diversification.
 October 2013
ARC Commends Four Appalachian Winners in Make it in America Challenge
The four Appalachia-based winners of the national Make it in America Challenge, announced October 22, received awards ranging from $1.7 million to $3.5 million. The challenge is an administration initiative to accelerate job creation and encourage business investment in the United States.
 June 2013
ARC Launches Appalachian Community Capital Initiative to Build Access to Credit in Region
At the Clinton Global Initiative's June 2013 CGI America meeting in Chicago, ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl announced the formation of Appalachian Community Capital, a new central bank for development lenders that will increase the availability of capital to Appalachia's small businesses. It is expected to leverage $233 million in private bank capital.
 May 2013
Senior Federal and State Officials Join ARC for Appalachian Jobs and Local Food Systems Tour in West Virginia
Sites visited on the three-day tour in May 2013 included food-related businesses, farms, and schools, highlighting the economic opportunity created by local food systems in West Virginia and showcasing innovative local models.
 March 2013
ARC Launches Appalachian Foodways Tour at Appalachia Funders Network Conference
ARC's 13-state Appalachian foodways tour, launched in Asheville, North Carolina, on March 20, will highlight the potential of local food systems to create economic opportunity and grow jobs.
 March 2013
Bob Culver Receives DDAA's 2013 John D. Whisman Vision Award
The Development District Association of Appalachia recognized Bob Culver for his longtime leadership and service as a champion for regional planning and development.
 March 2013
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio Receives Award from Development District Association of Appalachia
Brown received the DDAA's 2013 Congressional Award for his service to the people of Appalachia and his ongoing support for economic development efforts in the Region.
 March 2013
Dale Hileman Receives 2013 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award
Hileman was honored by the Development District Association of Appalachia at its 2013 annual conference.
 February 2013
Maryland Senator Ben Cardin Honored by the Development District Association of Appalachia
Cardin received the DDAA's 2012 Congressional Award for his support for community and economic development efforts in Appalachia.
 January 2013
ARC and Partners Select Diabetes Coalitions to Receive Funding for Community Programs
ARC, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, and Marshall University have selected five Appalachian diabetes coalitions to receive funding and support through the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project. Each coalition will receive an initial $40,000 grant for local efforts to prevent and control diabetes, along with training and technical assistance.
 January 2013
West Virginia Governor Tomblin Named ARC's 2013 States' Co-Chair
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was selected by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as 2013 states' co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.