Press Releases

 July 2019
New Report Summarizes Findings from Six ARC Recovery-to-Work Listening Sessions
ARC has released a new synopsis report of the Recovery-to-Work listening sessions hosted by the Commission in six states (AL, KY, NC, OH, VA, WV) from December 2018-April 2019. The report summarizes the outcome of those community-based discussions and identifies five common themes that ARC should consider when addressing the economic issues stemming from substance abuse. ARCís Substance Abuse Advisory Council—a 24-member volunteer advisory group with members representing each of the 13 Appalachian states—will use this information when preparing their final recommendations for the Commission to review in September.
 June 2019
ARC Announces County Economic Status Designations for Fiscal Year 2020
ARC released its County Economic Status Designations for Fiscal Year 2020, which annually ranks the economic status of each of the Region's 420 counties using a composite index formula drawing on national data. According to ARC's County Economic Status Designations for Fiscal Year 2020, 80 counties will be considered distressed, the lowest number of designated distressed counties since 2008.
 May 2019
ARC Releases The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from 2013Ė2017
ARC released The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013Ė2017 American Community Survey, also known as "The Chartbook." Drawing from the American Community Survey and comparable Census Population Estimates, the report contains over 300,000 data points about Appalachiaís demographics, income, employment, as well as education, computer access, housing, and transportation and other indicatorsóall presented at the regional, subregional, state, and county level with comparisons to the rest of the nation. The Chartbook also examines data change over recent years to show trends.
 May 2019
ARC Announces Substance Abuse Advisory Council
ARC announced the formation of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC), a 24-member volunteer advisory group of leaders from law enforcement, recovery services, health, economic development, private industry, education, state government and other sectors. The SAAC will develop recommendations for ARC to consider as part of a strategic plan to build and strengthen a recovery ecosystems in Appalachian communities by drawing on their own experiences, as well as community insight gathered during ARCís six recent Regional Recovery-to-Work Listening Sessions.
 April 2019
Appalachian Regional Commission Issue Brief Offers Practical Recommendations to Address Opioid Misuse
The final reports in the Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia research initiative are a set of three issue briefs created to help inform community efforts related to the specific, prevalent Appalachian health issues of obesity, opioid misuse, and smoking. This brief summarizes relevant health statistics, offers key strategies and resources for communities to explore, and provides recommendations for community leaders, funders, and policymakers aimed at reducing health disparities in the Appalachian Region related to opioid misuse.
 April 2019
Appalachian Regional Commission Offers New Training Program To Build Long Term Community Capacity
On April 8, 2019, ARC began accepting applications for the inaugural class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute a new leadership and economic development training opportunity for community leaders who currently live and/or work in Appalachia. The Appalachian Leadership Institute is an extensive nine-month program focusing on skill-building, seminars, best practice reviews, field visits, mentoring, and networking. The curriculum will be anchored by six multi-day seminars around the region, followed by a capstone graduation in Washington, DC.
 April 2019
Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $3.3 Million to Continue Economic Growth in Regionís Coal-Impacted Communities
On April 3, 2019, ARC announced announced $3.3 million to continue supporting economic diversification in the Regionís coal-impacted communities through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. These investments focus on strengthening responses to the substance abuse crisis Kentucky and Ohio, and building a sustainable local food system in North Carolina.
 February 2019
Appalachian Regional Commissionís $125.6 Million Investments Made During FY 18 to Attract $1.5 Billion in LPI and Create/Retain 26,600 Jobs Region Wide
In February 2019, ARC released a state-by-state overview of the Commissionís fiscal year 2018 economic development investments in the Appalachian Region. The overview includes 13 state investment fact sheets, as well as a companion fact sheet outlining ARCís regional investments during the fiscal year.
 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.