North Carolina

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North Carolina

North Carolina

Our Work In North Carolina In partnership with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, ARC is supporting 42 projects in North Carolina totaling more than $14.4 million in fiscal year 2020. These investments have been matched by over $31.2 million and are attracting an additional nearly $122.8 million in leveraged…
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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
North Carolina

Governor Roy Cooper

Governor Roy Cooper was sworn in as North Carolina’s 75th Governor in January 2017 with three decades in public service protecting families, keeping communities safe, and working to create jobs and improve schools. As the son of a school teacher, education and workforce development are among his top priorities. With…
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Jim McCleskey, North Carolina Governor's Alternate
North Carolina

Jim McCleskey

Jim McCleskey’s roots in North Carolina’s Appalachian region go back to colonial days. He was appointed in 1999 as Director of the North Carolina Washington Office and as ARC Alternate by Governor James B. Hunt Jr. and was reappointed by Governors Michael F. Easley in 2001, Beverly Eaves Perdue in…
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North Carolina

Wilkes

Wilkes Recovery Revolution: Supporting Fresh Starts in North Carolina

Since 2016, Wilkes Recovery Revolution, Inc. (WRR) has worked to make recovery a reality in North Carolina. WRR was founded by Devin Lyall,  whose own experience in long-term recovery helps inform the nonprofit’s services, peer-driven structure and leadership – including a board of directors made up of over 50% individuals in recovery. WRR’s partnership with ARC began in 2019, when Lyall began…
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Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia

Athens

Appalachian States Lead on COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

It’s been a full year since the nation’s first confirmed COVID-19 case. With federal plans to amp up vaccinations as soon as possible, it’s important to take a look at how Appalachian states are responding to, and in some cases leading, vaccination…
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North Carolina

Buncombe

Creating PPE for Nurses and School Officials in Western North Carolina

STEMwork in western North Carolina (WNCSTEMwork) is a teacher professional development initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology, and Science at North Carolina State University. With ARC support, this program supports six middle and high school teachers from ten counties as they develop their capacity to lead and…
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North Carolina

EmPOWERing North Carolina’s Farmers and Small Businesses

In October 2019, North Carolina State University (NCSU) received a $1.1 million grant from ARC’s POWER Initiative to launch EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems. The project initially intended to strengthen a seven-county “foodshed” in Western North Carolina by helping current producers become more profitable and training new farmers…
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Woman sews medical safety gear in light of COVID-19 in North Carolina
North Carolina

Burke

The Industrial Commons: Carolina Textile District Pivots to PPE Production

The Industrial Commons, based in Morganton, North Carolina, is a nonprofit developing interconnected social enterprises to solve problems for businesses and workers. The Carolina Textile District (CTD) was established in 2013 as an Industrial Commons enterprise to work directly with smaller and midsize textile manufacturers to build regional networks,…
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North Carolina

Rutherford

Pathway & Project-Based Learning in Automotive & Aerospace Manufacturing

With ARC support, North Carolina’s Isothermal Community College (ICC) has raised community awareness of career opportunities available in the manufacturing sector, enhanced manufacturing-related curriculum and pathways at the secondary and post-secondary levels, and is preparing students for gainful employment in the manufacturing, automotive, and aerospace industries.
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North Carolina

Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin,

Piedmont Triad Regional Council

Executive Director Matthew L. Dolge Email mdolge@ptrc.org…
Local Development District
North Carolina

Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey,

High Country Council of Governments

Executive Director Julie Wiggins Email  jwiggins@regiond.org…
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