Program Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Infrastructure and Public Works Projects

During 2006, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) conducted an evaluation of infrastructure and public works projects to determine if projects achieved their original objectives. In addition, as part of the Commission’s ongoing performance evaluation process, the ARC assessed how these project investments contributed to attaining the Commission’s strategic objectives. The report is primarily concerned with economic development impacts; the job creation, business service, income growth, economic diversification, tax revenues, and changes in total business output that can be attributed to ARC investments. While residential water and sewer projects receive some analysis, changes in public health and quality of life that may have resulted from various projects are not quantified.