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Research Finds That Appalachia’s Diseases of Despair Mortality Rates Continue at Disproportionately Higher Rates in Comparison to Rest of Nation

For Women, Disease of Despair Mortality Rates  in Appalachia  Over 45 Percent Higher Than Rest of Country  Washington, DC, November, 19, 2020 —  Appalachian Diseases of Despair, a new report from the Appalachian Regional Commission finds that despite overall declining mortality rates from diseases of despair (overdose, suicide, and…

ARC Hosts 20th Annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) Featuring Economic Development Research Conducted by Region’s College and University Students

150 Students from 13 Colleges and Universities in 10 Appalachian States to Participate in Online Symposium WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2020 —Today, Friday, November 13 and tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, 2020, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will host 150 students from 13 Appalachian based colleges and universities at the 20th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) Conference.   ATP is an applied-research academic program…

Appalachian Regional Commission Develops Free Resources and Tools to Help Regional Nonprofits Meet COVID Related Operational Challenges

More than 100 Regional Nonprofits Receive Dedicated Coaching Through Innovative Cohort Model WASHINGTON, D.C., November 9, 2020—Today, ARC announced the Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center (ANRC) is now offering expertly curated  resources on financial management, sustainable operations, fundraising, and other tools free of charge. Although the resource directory is primarily responsive to…
October 14, 2020

Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $43.3 Million to Continue Economic Growth in Region’s Coal-Impacted Communities

Emphasis on Recovery-To-Work Efforts and Broadband Development in 12 Appalachian States WASHINGTON, D.C., October 14, 2020—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced $43.3 million across 51 projects to support economic diversification in the Region’s coal-impacted communities. More than half of these investments will support recovery-to-work efforts or strengthen…
September 30, 2020

President Trump Signs Continuing Resolution

On September 30, 2020, P.L. 116-159 was signed into law by President Trump to implement a Continuing Resolution funding all Federal agencies at the same rate as Fiscal Year 2020.  Under this legislation, ARC will be operating at an annual budget of $175 million through December 11,2020. The law also…
September 21, 2020

Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Department of Energy Partnership Invites Proposals for Advanced Welding Training Programs in Appalachia

POTTER TOWNSHIP, PA, September 21, 2020—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Advanced Welding Workforce Initiative (AWWI). This RFP is the result of a new partnership between ARC…
July 31, 2020

Legislative Update: U.S. House of Representatives Passes the FY 2021 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill Which Includes $175 Million for ARC

On July 31, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY21 Energy & Water Development Appropriations bill which includes $175 million for ARC. This appropriation includes $65 million for POWER, $10 million for Substance Abuse Disorder, $10 million to continue a program of broadband deployment in distressed counties in Central…
July 7, 2020

Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy Begins This Week for 19 Rising High School Seniors From 9 Appalachian States

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7, 2020—This week, 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…
July 1, 2020

ARC Launches Virtual Summer Study Program in STEM for Region’s Middle and High School Students & Teachers

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1, 2020—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced that 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…
June 30, 2020

ARC Welcomes New Department of Energy Report on Economic Potential of Region’s Gas and Shale Industries

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2020—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) welcomed the release of The Appalachian Energy and Petrochemical Renaissance: An Examination of Economic Progress and Opportunities, a new Department of Energy report on the Region’s growing shale and gas industries. Drawing on ARC data, research, and investment outcomes, the…