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Press Releases

 February 2019
Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $22.8 Million To Diversify and Strengthen Regionís Coal-Impacted Communities
On February 21, 2019, ARC announced announced $22.8 million to expand and diversify the economy in Appalachiaís 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.
 February 2019
New Research Documents Economic Resilience Across Appalachia
Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia, identifies factors common across communities experiencing persistent economic growth in the aftermath of the 2008 Recession and other economic disruptions. The research includes a statistical analysis of key factors common to economic resilience, as well as a guidebook featuring ten communities that have rebounded after experiencing significant economic shocks.
 January 2019
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to Serve as 2019 Appalachian Regional Commission States' Co-Chair
Chosen by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the Commission's 2019 states' co-chair, Cooper 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.