Press Releases

 July 2020
Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy Begins This Week for 19 Rising High School Seniors From 9 Appalachian States
19 rising high-school seniors from 9 Appalachian states began the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA)--a 12-month, free, blended learning curriculum featuring working modules led by regional experts in business planning, market analysis, product development, and other entrepreneurial services. As part of the program, students will participate online in a 4-week summer intensive, continue training over the academic year, and meet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a final capstone pitch event in July 2021.
 July 2020
ARC Launches Virtual Summer Study Program in STEM for Region’s Middle and High School Students & Teachers
81 high school and middle school students and 13 high school teachers from 13 Appalachian states will participate in the 30th annual ARC/ORNL Summer STEM Program. Originally planned as residential learning experience, this program will be delivered virtually beginning July 6, 2020.
 June 2020
ARC Welcomes New Department of Energy Report on Economic Potential of Region’s Gas and Shale Industries
Drawing on ARC data, research, and investment outcomes, the report examines the energy resources found in the Appalachian Region, the opportunities and challenges presented by expanded extraction, the importance of the petrochemical industry’s use of natural gas byproducts in production, and the steps that can be taken to increase the positive economic impact resulting from these opportunities in the Region.
 June 2020
ARC Releases The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from 2014–2018 Showing Regional Pre-COVID Economic Trends Were Improving, Although Continued to Lag Behind Nation as a Whole
ARC released The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2014–2018 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 Appalachia’s demographics, income, employment, as well as education, computer access, housing, and transportation and other indicators—all 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 2020
ARC Announces $3.75 Million for Emergency Business Response Assistance Program to be Administered by Appalachian Community Capital
The ARC-ACC Emergency Business Response Assistance Program will strengthen lending for Appalachia’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
 April 2020
ARC Invests in Medical Safety Gear Production in North Carolina
ARC announced an investment of $300,000 to The Industrial Commons, in Morganton, North Carolina, to purchase materials and coordinate staff to manufacture needed medical safety gear to fulfill product demand across the Appalachian Region and the nation.
 April 2020
ARC Now Accepting Applications for 2020-2021 Class of Appalachian Leadership Institute
ARC is accepting applications for the second class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a leadership and economic development training opportunity for community leaders who currently live and/or work in Appalachia. Applications are being accepted through June 1, 2020.
 March 2020
ARC Provides New Resources Documenting COVID-19 Spread in Appalachia in Relation to Rest of Nation
Real-Time Data Maps Spread of Coronavirus at Regional Level; Searchable Database Offers Insight On Confirmed Cases in Relation to Hospital Beds and Demographics at County Level.
 February 2020
ARC Launches “Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations for ARC’s New Strategic Plan”
On February 26, ARC announced Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations for ARC’s Strategic Plan, a series of public input sessions to identify critical opportunities and challenges facing Appalachia’s economic future. Using insights gathered from these public sessions, coupled with guidance from regional, state, and local partners, ARC will develop a strategic plan for fiscal years 2021-2025.
 February 2020
ARC Announces Philip M. Heneghan To Head Office of Inspector General
On February 19, 2020, ARC announced that Philip M. Heneghan has been appointed ARC Inspector General and will head the Agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).
 February 2020
ARC Announces $3.3 Million to Continue Economic Growth in Region’s Coal-Impacted Communities
On February 12, 2020, ARC announced $3.3 million in investments to continue supporting economic diversification in the Region’s coal-impacted communities through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative.
 January 2020
ARC Accepting Applications for Summer Study Programs in Entrepreneurship and STEM for Region’s Middle and High School Students
ARC is accepting applications for the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and for the ARC/ORNL Summer STEM Program in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Each program is a free immersive learning experience specifically for the Region’s high school and/or middle school students, and includes room and board, transportation, activity fees, and student stipends.
 January 2020
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Named 2020 Appalachian Regional Commission States’ Co-Chair
Chosen by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the Commission's 2020 states' co-chair, DeWine 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.