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ARC Launches $73.5 Million Grant Initiative in FY22 to Spur Multistate Collaboration to Transform Appalachia’s Economy Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 23, 2022—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) launched Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies (ARISE), a new initiative to drive large-scale, regional economic transformation through multi-state collaborative projects across Appalachia. Using the funding provided by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment…
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ARC Federal Co-Chair Manchin, Governors, and Tourism Experts Highlight Value of Investments in Tourism & Culture in Appalachian North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia

Building on its $12.3 million investment in 23 tourism and culture projects in FY21, ARC awards additional funding for a high-impact, multi-state outdoor tourism planning project. WASHINGTON, D.C., May 3, 2022—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) held the second in a series of five virtual events (titled the…
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Appalachian Regional Commission Seeks Regional Leaders for Economic & Community Development Training Opportunities 

Public, Private, Nonprofit Leaders in Appalachia Encouraged to Apply. WASHINGTON, D.C., April 20, 2022 — Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) began accepting applications for the fourth class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a free leadership and economic development training opportunity for individuals currently living and/or working in one of…
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Appalachian Regional Commission Seeks Proposals for Economic Diversification Projects in Region’s Coal-Impacted Communities

~$25 Million in ARC POWER Grant Funding Available to Help Communities Affected by Downturn of Coal Industry  WASHINGTON, D.C., February 22, 2022 — Today the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative, which supports economic diversification in Appalachia’s communities affected by job…
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Appalachian Regional Commission to Launch Virtual “Roadshow” Series to Showcase Impact of Strategic Investments in Appalachian Communities

Launching March 1, the Virtual Event Series Will Feature Governors, Community Members, and Economic Development Professionals Highlighting Workforce Development WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2022—Following the reveal of its new 2022–2026 strategic plan, “Appalachia Envisioned,” the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will embark on a virtual event series…
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ARC Accepting Applications for Summer Study Programs in Entrepreneurship and STEM for Region’s Middle and High School Students

Applications Due March 18, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C., January 20, 2022—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) opened applications for two summer opportunities: the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) and the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge. Both programs, planned for Summer 2022, are free intensive learning experiences specifically for the Region’s high…
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ARC Hosts 21st Annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) Featuring Economic Development Research Conducted by Region’s College and University Students

150 Students from 15 Colleges and Universities in 10 Appalachian States to Participate in Online Symposium  WASHINGTON, D.C., November 30, 2021—This week, from Tuesday, November 30 to Friday, December 3, 2021, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will host 150 students from 15 Appalachian based colleges and universities at the 21st annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) Conference.  …
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ARC and U.S. EPA Announce Partnership on Community Capacity-Building Pilot Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 29, 2021—During today’s meeting of the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their partnership on the Community Capacity-Building Pilot Program, which will help local development districts (LDDs) and local elected officials strategically deploy American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to reignite their regional…
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