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2009 Press Releases

 February 2019
Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $22.8 Million To Diversify and Strengthen Region’s Coal-Impacted Communities
On February 21, 2019, ARC announced announced $22.8 million to expand and diversify the economy in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. These 33 awards are projected to create or retain nearly 1,000 jobs, benefit over 3,300 students and workers, and leverage more than $21.8 million in private investment into manufacturing, agriculture, technology, substance abuse recovery, broadband development, and other industry sectors across coal-impacted communities in nine Appalachian states.
 November 2009
Intermodal Networks Can Boost Appalachia’s Economy, New ARC Study Shows
The 2009 study Network Appalachia: Access to Global Opportunity emphasizes the increasing commercial importance of intermodal transportation networks for economic development in Appalachia.
 October 2009
ARC Conference to Highlight Economic Opportunities of the New-Energy Sector
ARC's October 2009 New Energy, New Jobs, New Opportunities for Appalachia conference in Athens, Ohio, will explore how Appalachian communities can grow green jobs in today's evolving energy economy.
 September 2009
Appalachian Community Leaders Explore Opportunities for Jobs and Economic Growth in the Wind Industry
ARC co-sponsored a September 2009 conference in Roanoke, Virginia, to explore the economic opportunities, benefits, and challenges associated with wind energy development.
 September 2009
ARC Announces Winners of Gems of Appalachia Blue Ridge Parkway Grant Competition
In September 2009, ARC awarded $150,000 in grants to six projects in North Carolina and Virginia that will promote sustainable tourism while protecting the Blue Ridge Parkway area's natural beauty and cultural heritage.
 May 2009
ARC Grant Competition to Enhance Appalachia’s Gateways to the Blue Ridge Parkway
Project proposals will be accepted from Blue Ridge Parkway gateway communities in Appalachian North Carolina and Virginia through June 26, 2009.
 April 2009
ARC to Hold Forums in Kentucky and Tennessee for Gems of Appalachia Grant Competition
Community forums will be held May 5, 2009, in Rugby, Tennessee, and May 7, 2009, in Stearns, Kentucky, to discuss strategies for developing sustainable asset-based economic development projects.
 April 2009
ARC Funds Study on C&G Railway Corridor
Mississippi State University will use a $100,000 ARC grant to assess the feasibility of re-establishing rail service along a 93-mile section of the Columbus and Greenville Railway.
 March 2009
ARC Study: Efficiency Measures Can Save Billions in Energy Costs
A 2009 study commissioned by ARC found that implementing energy-efficiency policies in Appalachia could help create tens of thousands of jobs and save billions in energy costs to Appalachian consumers over the next 20 years.
 March 2009
Donald R. Rychnowski Receives 2009 John D. Whisman Vision Award
The Development District Association of Appalachia recognized Donald Rychnowski for his leadership in the economic development of New York's Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties.
 March 2009
Randy Owen Receives Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award
Country music artist and philanthropist Randy Owen of Fort Payne, Alabama, was recognized by the Development District Association of Appalachia at its 2009 annual conference.
 March 2009
North Carolina Congressman Shuler Receives Award from Development District Association of Appalachia
Shuler received the 2009 Congressional Award on March 5 for his service to the people of Appalachia.
 January 2009
ARC Announces Winners of Substance Abuse Prevention Grants Competition
In January 2009, ARC awarded $296,800 in grants to nonprofits in Appalachian Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Tennessee to address substance abuse issues in the Region.
 January 2009
Former U.S. Senator Howard Baker Welcomes ARC’s Gems of Appalachia Grant Competition for Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
The 2009 Gems of Appalachia grant competition will fund sustainable tourism projects in seven counties in Tennessee and Kentucky.
 January 2009
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland Elected 2009 ARC States’ Co-Chair
Ted Strickland, governor of Ohio, was selected by the Appalachian governors to serve as the 2009 states' co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.