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2005 Press Releases

 December 2005
ARC Providing Science, Math Educational Materials and Software at No Cost to Appalachian Communities
The Appalachian Regional Commission is providing museums, science centers, libraries, after-school programs, and families who homeschool with the opportunity to receive free math and science educational materials and training through four workshops to be held in conjuntion with NASA, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and Parametric Technology Corporation.
 December 2005
Pennsylvania State University Professor Amy Glasmeier Named John D. Whisman Scholar
As ARC's John D. Whisman Scholar for fiscal years 2006 and 2007, Amy Glasmeier will conduct research on issues facing Appalachia.
 November 2005
Eight Alabama Communities Awarded Microsoft-ARC "Unlimited Potential" Software Grants
In November 2005, Microsoft Corporation provided software grants to nonprofits in Appalachian Alabama in support of ARC's technology and telecommunications initiative.
 October 2005
ARC Katrina Recovery Grants Target Rural Communities in Northeast Mississippi
In October 2005, ARC announced approval of a $1.4 million grant to provide assistance to rural communities in north Mississippi affected by the influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
 October 2005
ARC Katrina Recovery Grant Targets Training and Schools in North Alabama
In October 2005, ARC announced a $400,000 grant to assist north Alabama communities with job-training and education needs of individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
 September 2005
Model Workforce Development Partnership Announced for Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia
In September 2005, ARC and Ohio Governor Bob Taft announce a new partnership with American Electric Power and a consortium of community colleges to develop a workforce training program targeting Appalachia's utility industry.
 September 2005
ARC 2005 Fall Conference to Promote Rural Development
ARC's 2005 conference, "Winning the Economic Future: The Rural Advantage," will be held October 5–6 at Muskingum College in Appalachian Ohio.
 September 2005
ARC Sponsors Conference of Rural Telecommunications Congress
ARC will cohost RuralTeleCon, the annual conference of the Rural Telecommunications Congress, in Lexington, Kentucky, October 9–12, 2005.
 July 2005
ARC Announces Eight Winners of Grant Competition for Asset-Based Economic Development
In July 2005, ARC announced eight winners of its grant competition for asset-based economic development.
 July 2005
Study Released at Incubator Conference Shows "Home-Grown" Jobs Increasing in Appalachia
A new study assessing the growth of incubators throughout the Appalachian Region was released at the July 2005 conference "Incubating Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Supporting Business Incubation and Knowledge-Based Enterprise in Appalachia.
 March 2005
ARC to Co-Host Assets to Opportunities Conference in Pennsylvania
ARC is co-host of the April 25–26, 2005, Assets to Opportunities conference in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
 March 2005
Remembering Alabama Congressman Tom Bevill
Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Anne B. Pope extended condolences to the family of former Alabama congressman Tom Bevill, calling him "a true champion for the people of Appalachia."
 March 2005
ARC and National Geographic Announce First "MapGuide to Appalachia"
On March 18, 2005, ARC and National Geographic announced the release of the first-of-its-kind Geotourism MapGuide to Appalachia.
 February 2005
Bush Administration Announces FY 2006 Budget Proposal for Appalachian Regional Commission
President Bush's proposed fiscal year 2006 budget, released February 7, 2005, includes $65.5 million for ARC's nonhighway programs.
 January 2005
ARC Grant Competition for Asset-Based Economic Development Opens
An ARC grant competition will provide a total of $250,000 in grants to communities to initiate or expand asset-based economic development activities. Award recipients will be announced in June 2005.