Tourism development can be an important part of a community's strategy for building a sustainable economic future. Many Appalachian communities have developed successful tourism strategies based on the Region's cultural heritage, history, and natural beauty.
ARC supports a wide variety of tourism projects, including
- building and rehabilitating facilities and infrastructure to make the Region more accessible and attractive to visitors;
- training artisans and artists to improve their business and marketing skills;
- developing strategic plans and feasibility studies to help communities maximize the potential of their cultural assets; and
- investing in new technologies that create new experiences for visitors.
Each project has specific and community-based goals, but all contribute to the overall impact of tourism as a key component in building long-term economic health in the Region.
Some tourism projects are funded through ARC's Asset-Based Development Initiative.