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County Economic Status in Appalachia, FY 2022

This map shows ARC’s economic classification of the 420 counties in the Appalachian Region for FY 2022 (October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022). The Appalachian Regional Commission uses an index-based county economic classification system to identify and monitor the economic status of Appalachian counties. See the methodology for a description of each economic level. In fiscal year 2022, eighty-one counties are…
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President Biden’s FY 2022 Budget Proposal Includes $235 Million for the Appalachian Regional Commission; $1 Billion for Coal-Impacted Communities through the American Jobs Plan

Contact: Janiene Bohannon WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28, 2021—President Biden’s FY 2022 Budget Proposal, released today, requests $235 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the American Jobs Plan includes an additional $1 billion for ARC’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative, a competitive…
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An Overview of Coal and the Economy in Appalachia

An Overview of Coal and the Economy in Appalachia, a report commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission, details major trends in coal employment and production in the Appalachian Region over the past two decades. The report examines where employment and production losses have been concentrated within the Region, and also…
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ARC Awards $9.4 Million to 30 Projects Addressing Substance Abuse Crisis, Seeks Applicants for Second Round of Funding

INvestments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative Focuses on Recovery-to-Work Efforts as Part of Recovery Ecosystem WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1, 2021—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded more than $9.4 million to 30 projects through INvestments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE), an initiative addressing Appalachia’s…
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ARC Now Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 Class of Appalachian Leadership Institute

Applications Due May 1, 2021  WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2021—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) began accepting applications for the third class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a leadership and economic development training opportunity for people who currently live and/or work in Appalachia. The Appalachian Leadership Institute is an extensive nine-month program focusing on skill-building,…
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Appalachian Regional Commission Launches: “Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations for ARC’s New Strategic Plan”

Virtual discussion series will gather input to inform ARC’s strategic investment plan for fiscal years 2022-2026 Washington, D.C., March 9, 2021 – Today, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations for ARC’s Strategic Plan, a virtual series of public input sessions to identify critical opportunities and challenges…
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Traffic Safety in Appalachia

This research report, commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission, seeks to define the traffic safety culture in Appalachia and discusses the causes of the common safety problems in the Region. Drivers in Appalachia must contend with environmental concerns, including expansive rural regions, mountainous and curved terrain, and dense forests exposed…
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Public Transportation in Appalachia – Inventory and Assessment

This research report, commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission, documents the extent to which existing transit services are adequately creating or enhancing access for disadvantaged populations in Appalachia, particularly those in rural Appalachia. The report also documents current best transportation practices across the Region and explores how transportation intersects with…
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New Research Identifies Opportunities and Challenges in Appalachia’s Tourism Economy

Recommendations and Twelve Community Case Studies Available for Use in Local Tourism Planning  WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2021 – Today, Appalachian Regional Commission released Extending Our Welcome: Trends and Strategies for Tourism in Appalachia, a new report produced in partnership with University of Tennessee Knoxville and Collective Impact. Using qualitative and quantitative research, including publicly…
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Extending Our Welcome: Trends and Strategies for Tourism in Appalachia

Extending our Welcome uses qualitative and quantitative research to assess the history of tourism in Appalachia and make recommendations for communities looking to employ it as an economic strategy. The report also provides 12 community and establishment profiles from eight Appalachian states as a source of best practices. Though…
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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, D.C., 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…
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