North Carolina

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Our Work In North Carolina

In partnership with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, ARC is supporting 33 projects in North Carolina totaling $8.9 million in fiscal year 2021. These investments have been matched by over $23.1 million and are attracting an additional $88.1 million in leveraged private investments in North Carolina. They are also creating or retaining 980 jobs, training and educating 1,550 students and workers, and benefiting the 1.8 million residents in North Carolina’s 31 Appalachian counties.

State Partners

Honorable Roy Cooper

Governor’s ARC Representative:
Jim McCleskey, Director

North Carolina Washington Office
444 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 332
Washington, DC 20001

ARC State Program Manager:
Olivia Collier, ARC Program Manager

NC ARC Program
4313 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

Investment Priorities

In Fiscal Year 2021, ARC and the North Carolina Department of Commerce partnered on the following investments and projects.

Ready Workforce
invested to increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of North Carolina’s Appalachian residents to work and succeed
Critical Infrastructure
invested in North Carolina’s critical infrastructure development, including broadband, transportation, and water/wastewater systems
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Economic Opportunities
invested in entrepreneurial strategies to strengthen the economy in Appalachian North Carolina
Leadership & Community Capacity
o build the capacity and skills of Appalachia’s current and next-generation leaders and organizations in North Carolina to advance community and economic development

Investment Snapshot

Fiscal Year 2021

State Profile

Learn more about ARC’s fiscal year 2021 investments in North Carolina.


Investments in Action

Pathway & Project-based Learning in Automotive & Aerospace Manufacturing

With ARC support, Isothermal Community College designed and deployed a manufacturing curriculum in local high schools. Because of this, many students are pursuing careers in the Region’s growing automotive and aerospace industries.

State Plans and Strategies

ARC’s current strategic plan is a blueprint for investments at the Regional level. Each of Appalachia’s 13 states develops a companion four-year plan and annual strategy statement outlining its funding priorities for ARC projects.

Fiscal Year 2023

County Economic Status

Every year, ARC applies an index-based classification system to compare each county in the Region with national averages to understand how counties are performing.

Counties in Appalachia

(31 out of 100 counties): Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey

Local Development Districts

Foothills Regional Commission
High Country Council of Governments
Land-of-Sky Regional Council
Piedmont Triad Regional Council
Southwestern Commission
Western Piedmont Council of Governments

State Links