A bridge crosses a river along the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34-mile bicycling, jogging, and walking trail along an old railroad line from Abingdon through Damascus to White Top Mountain, in Abingdon, Virginia. photo cred: Jason Barnette

Our Work In Virginia

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, ARC is supporting 42 projects in Virginia totaling nearly $11.1 million in fiscal year 2020. These investments have been matched by more than $23 million and are attracting an additional $50 million in leveraged private investments in Virginia. They are also creating or retaining over 4,600 jobs, training or educating over 270 students and workers, and benefiting the nearly 742,000 residents in Virginia’s 25 Appalachian counties.

State Partners

ARC State Program Manager:
Tamarah Holmes, ARC Program Manager

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Main Street Center
600 East Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219

Investment Priorities

In Fiscal Year 2020, ARC and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development partnered on the following investments and projects.

Critical Infrastructure
invested in Virginia’s critical infrastructure development, including broadband, transportation, and water/wastewater systems
Ready Workforce
invested to increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of Virginia’s Appalachian residents to work and succeed
Leadership and Community Capacity
invested to build the capacity and skills of Appalachia’s current and next-generation leaders and organizations in Virginia to advance community and economic development
Additional Priorities
invested to strengthen the economy and leverage natural and cultural assets in Appalachian Virginia

Investment Snapshot

Fiscal Year 2020

State Profile

Learn more about ARC’s fiscal year 2020 investments in Virginia.

Investments in Action

Old Prices Fork Revitalization Project

With ARC support, an unused elementary school building in the town of Prices Fork was renovated into a shared-use commercial incubator kitchen offering production space and business support services to local food entrepreneurs.
Woman in magenta apron prepares food

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 2022

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

(25 out of 133 counties): Alleghany, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Highland, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe

The following independent cities in Virginia are also within the Appalachian Region: Bristol, Buena Vista, Covington, Galax, Lexington, Martinsville, Norton, and Radford

Local Development Districts

Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission
Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission
LENOWISCO Planning District Commission
Mount Rogers Planning District Commission
New River Valley Planning District Commission
Roanoke Valley–Alleghany Regional Commission
West Piedmont Planning District Commission

State Links