Appalachian Regional Commission

Appalachian Regional Commission Welcome to the official page of the Appalachian Regional Commission. For more information on ARC, please visit www.arc.gov. The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region.
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ARCโ€™s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

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Though #Appalachia has two incredible national parks, it's also filled with 16 National Forests. Rural Action is using A...
04/21/2021
Rural Action: Moving Forest Communities Forward in Ohio - Appalachian Regional Commission

Though #Appalachia has two incredible national parks, it's also filled with 16 National Forests. Rural Action is using ARC support to partner with U.S. Forest Service-Wayne National Forest on the sustainable construction of a world-class mountain bike trail ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ The 88-mile Baileys Trail System attracts visitors, celebrates Appalachian Ohioโ€™s natural assets and helps strengthen local economies โฌ‡๏ธ #NationalParkWeek

Though Appalachia has two incredible national parks, the Region is also filled with 16โ€ฏNational Forests.โ€ฏARC partners are finding ways to connect those assets, which are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, with surrounding communities to sustainably leverage the economic potential.

Though the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is Americaโ€™s newest national park, Appalachians have long known th...
04/20/2021
New River Gorge: Americaโ€™s Newest National Park - Appalachian Regional Commission

Though the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is Americaโ€™s newest national park, Appalachians have long known the area as an invaluable natural asset ๐ŸŒฒ ARC partners like New River Gorge Regional Development Authority and WV Hive are investing in outdoor-related small businesses, while Mountain State Trail Alliance created a "Trail Town Toolkit" to help communities plan around tourism โฌ‡๏ธ #NationalParkWeek

West Virginiaโ€™s New River Gorge is Americaโ€™s newest national park, which has made headlines in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Conde Nast Traveler.

It's #NationalParkWeek ๐ŸŽ‰ While Appalachia is home to the nation's most-visited AND newest national park, it's also fille...
04/19/2021
ARC Celebrates National Park Week

It's #NationalParkWeek ๐ŸŽ‰ While Appalachia is home to the nation's most-visited AND newest national park, it's also filled with national forests, state parks and world class trails ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ How are communities sustainably leveraging those assets to grow their economies? This week, we're sharing success stories from our outdoor partners โฌ‡๏ธ

Appalachia is home to the nation's newest national park and a host of incredible natural assets boosting local economies.

Hundreds of community members are helping us #EnvisionAppalachia - are you? Register for one of the newly available spot...
04/15/2021
New Slots Available for ARC's Community Conversations!

Hundreds of community members are helping us #EnvisionAppalachia - are you? Register for one of the newly available spots in our community conversation series! ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป Can't attend? No worries. Take our 10-minute survey to shape ARC investments for the next 5 years โฌ‡๏ธ

To ensure as many people as possible can help ARC Envision Appalachia, new slots are available for four community conversations.

Are you ready to INSPIRE recovery in Appalachia? Register for our free application workshop on April 27 ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Attendees wi...
04/14/2021
Understanding INSPIRE 2021 - Appalachian Regional Commission

Are you ready to INSPIRE recovery in Appalachia? Register for our free application workshop on April 27 ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Attendees will learn about ARC's INSPIRE Initiative, hear tips for competitive proposals, review community success stories and more โฌ‡๏ธ We're awarding up to $10 million to recovery-to-work projects. Register now and then apply by June 18: arc.gov/SUD

Join us on Tuesday, April 27 at 11:00 AM ET for this application workshop to learn more about ARCโ€™sย INvestments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative. This info session will give applicants a greater understanding of the INSPIRE Initiative and the qualities of a well...

04/13/2021
Ask #AppalachianLeaders: Live Q&A Session

We're live with #AppalachianLeaders answering your application questions about the Appalachian Leadership Institute ๐Ÿ’ป Curious about the sessions? Wondering if you're eligible to apply (hint: anyone who lives OR works in Appalachia can apply ๐Ÿ˜Š)? Watch below, apply by May 1 and please help us spread the word about this free development program: leadership.arc.gov

04/13/2021
Appalachian Leadership Institute - 2021

LIVE TODAY AT 2 PM ET ๐Ÿ“ฃ What's it like to be an Appalachian Leadership Institute fellow? Watch below โฌ‡๏ธ and then join a live conversation where four #AppalachianLeaders will discuss their experience and answer your questions. Tune in on our page and apply by May 1 at leadership.arc.gov.

Appalachia has long led on creative recovery solutions. From founding the nation's largest gathering on substance abuse ...
04/08/2021
Appalachia Leads The Way on Creative Recovery Solutions

Appalachia has long led on creative recovery solutions. From founding the nation's largest gathering on substance abuse (Rx Drug Summit), to Appalachian Artisan Center making national headlines for connecting recovery to musical heritage, our newsletter is celebrating the leadership found across the Region โฌ‡๏ธ ๐ŸŽป

From the nation's largest gathering on substance abuse, to creative recovery programs, Appalachia is a national leader in overcoming addiction.

Thirty projects will use $9.4M+ to serve 2.3K+ Appalachians on recovery-to-work journeys ๐Ÿ™Œ Do you have an idea that can ...
04/07/2021

Thirty projects will use $9.4M+ to serve 2.3K+ Appalachians on recovery-to-work journeys ๐Ÿ™Œ Do you have an idea that can help your community overcome substance abuse? We're awarding another $10M to programs that strengthen Appalachia's recovery ecosystems. Read about ARC INSPIRE awardees and funding at www.arc.gov/sud.

Thirty projects will use $9.4M+ to serve 2.3K+ Appalachians on recovery-to-work journeys ๐Ÿ™Œ Do you have an idea that can help your community overcome substance abuse? We're awarding another $10M to programs that strengthen Appalachia's recovery ecosystems. Read about ARC INSPIRE awardees and funding at www.arc.gov/sud.

We ๐Ÿ’™ our #AppalachianLeaders and are seeking applicants for the 2021-2022 Appalachian Leadership Institute ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป If you'r...
04/06/2021

We ๐Ÿ’™ our #AppalachianLeaders and are seeking applicants for the 2021-2022 Appalachian Leadership Institute ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป If you're interested in this free development program, join us Tuesday, April 13 at 2 pm ET. Four fellows will go live to discuss their experience and answer questions in real time. The live stream will be here on FB and the application can be found at leadership.arc.gov.

We ๐Ÿ’™ our #AppalachianLeaders and are seeking applicants for the 2021-2022 Appalachian Leadership Institute ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป If you're interested in this free development program, join us Tuesday, April 13 at 2 pm ET. Four fellows will go live to discuss their experience and answer questions in real time. The live stream will be here on FB and the application can be found at leadership.arc.gov.

Are you ready to inspire recovery in Appalachia? Apply for ARC's INSPIRE Initiative! We just awarded $9.4M+ to 30 projec...
04/05/2021

Are you ready to inspire recovery in Appalachia? Apply for ARC's INSPIRE Initiative! We just awarded $9.4M+ to 30 projects and are seeking more proposals to help Appalachians overcome substance use disorder, reenter the workforce and contribute to their communities ๐Ÿ‘ท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป Learn more and apply by June 18 at www.arc.gov/sud.

Are you ready to inspire recovery in Appalachia? Apply for ARC's INSPIRE Initiative! We just awarded $9.4M+ to 30 projects and are seeking more proposals to help Appalachians overcome substance use disorder, reenter the workforce and contribute to their communities ๐Ÿ‘ท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป Learn more and apply by June 18 at www.arc.gov/sud.

From universities and treatment centers, to local governments and community action organizations, ARC INSPIRE awardees w...
04/02/2021
30 Inspiring Projects Help Appalachians in Recovery

From universities and treatment centers, to local governments and community action organizations, ARC INSPIRE awardees will use $9.4M+ to help Appalachian communities recover from substance abuse and reenter the workforce ๐Ÿ‘ Our newsletter has their incredible stories โฌ‡๏ธ

ARC's INSPIRE Initiative awarded more than $9.4 million to 30 recovery-to-work projects in 12 states across Appalachia.

We're thrilled to announce the first-ever awardees for ARC's INvestments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems ...
04/01/2021
ARC Invests $9.4M+ in 30 Recovery-to-Work Projects

We're thrilled to announce the first-ever awardees for ARC's INvestments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative ๐ŸŽ‰ INSPIRE is investing $9.4M+ in 30 recovery-to-work projects across 12 Appalachian states. We're also seeking applicants for a second round of funding of up to $10M! Together, our INSPIRE partners will help communities overcome substance use disorder and succeed in long-term recovery ๐Ÿ‘ท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

ARC awarded more than $9.4 million to 30 projects through INvestments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE), an initiative addressing Appalachiaโ€™s substance abuse crisis by creating or expanding a recovery ecosystem leading to workforce entry or re-entry.

DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY ๐Ÿ“ฃ The Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy helps rising high school seniors learn skills, make conn...
03/29/2021
Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy

DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY ๐Ÿ“ฃ The Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy helps rising high school seniors learn skills, make connections and cultivate their creativity ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŽ“ ๐Ÿ’ก Apply by April 2 for FREE training, mentorship, a team-based pitch competition and more.

ARCโ€™s Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA), developed in partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership, prepares the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and thinkers. Chosen via a competitive application process, rising high school seniors from across the Appalachian Regio...

From successful job training for line workers, to updates on highways across Appalachia, our newsletter features the inf...
03/25/2021
Expanding Opportunities + Infrastructure in Appalachia

From successful job training for line workers, to updates on highways across Appalachia, our newsletter features the infrastructure and opportunities strengthening communities ๐Ÿ‘ท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ Want ARC updates in your inbox each week? Sign up here: arc.gov/newsletter-signup

ARC investments, and the work of our partners, are strengthening communities and creating new opportunities for Appalachia's workforce.

What's key to a bright future in Appalachia? YOUR ideas ๐Ÿ’ก We're developing a new strategic investment plan and need ever...
03/22/2021
Help Envision Appalachia and Inform Investments in Your Community!

What's key to a bright future in Appalachia? YOUR ideas ๐Ÿ’ก We're developing a new strategic investment plan and need everyone's help to #EnvisionAppalachia. Attend a community conversation, take our survey to and help identify the Region's most pressing economic needs and opportunities โฌ‡๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Please join us for Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations for ARCโ€™s Strategic Plan, a series of virtual public input sessions to identify critical opportunities and challenges facing Appalachiaโ€™s economic future. Using insights gathered from these public sessions, coupled with a public sur...

Appalachia's economic growth depends on current and future leaders ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ We're excited to offer four FREE opportuniti...
03/18/2021
Free Opportunities for Appalachia's Current & Future Leaders

Appalachia's economic growth depends on current and future leaders ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ We're excited to offer four FREE opportunities for passionate community members, students, teachers, and higher education institutions. Learn about the Appalachian Leadership Institute, Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy and more - then help us spread the word to potential applicants! โฌ‡๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ฃ

ARC is seeking applications for four FREE learning and development opportunities in Appalachia.

The Appalachian Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 class of #AppalachianLeaders ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ...
03/15/2021
ARC Seeks Appalachian Leadership Applicants

The Appalachian Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 class of #AppalachianLeaders ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ

This FREE leadership and economic development program is designed to help anyone who lives or works in Appalachia, and cares about their community, gain the skills needed to strengthen the Region. If COVID-19 showed us anything, it's the incredible impact passionate people have when they step up and lead in their communities.

We're seeking 40 fellows from all 13 Appalachian states who are ready to do the work and propel Appalachia forward. Please help us spread the word to anyone and everyone who's interested ๐Ÿ“ฃ Apply by May 1 at leadership.arc.gov.

The Appalachian Regional Commission 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.

What are Appalachia's top strengths and challenges? Where are the opportunities in your community? ARC needs everyone's ...
03/11/2021
ARC Needs Your Ideas for Appalachian Communities!

What are Appalachia's top strengths and challenges? Where are the opportunities in your community? ARC needs everyone's ideas to help #EnvisionAppalachia ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ Register for a community conversation, take our 10-minute survey and help inform ARC's investment priorities for the next five years!

Attend a community conversation, take our public survey and help get as many people as possible to #EnvisionAppalachia.

Calling all rising high school seniors in Appalachia! ๐Ÿ“ฃ Are you into innovation? Excited for entrepreneurship? Apply for...
03/10/2021
Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy

Calling all rising high school seniors in Appalachia! ๐Ÿ“ฃ Are you into innovation? Excited for entrepreneurship? Apply for ARC's Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy! This program offers skills training, tech support, mentorship and more to help you cultivate creative, entrepreneurial ideas ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป Applications are due April 2 โฌ‡๏ธ

ARCโ€™s Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA), developed in partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership, prepares the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and thinkers. Chosen via a competitive application process, rising high school seniors from across the Appalachian Regio...

Every five years, ARC works with our partners and Appalachian communities to determine how we invest in the Region ๐Ÿ“ˆ We'...
03/09/2021
Help Envision Appalachia and Inform Investments in Your Community!

Every five years, ARC works with our partners and Appalachian communities to determine how we invest in the Region ๐Ÿ“ˆ We're developing our 2022-2026 strategic plan and need everyone's help to #EnvisionAppalachia. Register for a community conversation, take our online survey and help get as many Appalachians as possible to participate! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿซ

Please join us for Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations for ARCโ€™s Strategic Plan, a series of virtual public input sessions to identify critical opportunities and challenges facing Appalachiaโ€™s economic future. Using insights gathered from these public sessions, coupled with a public sur...

Today, $1 million was awarded to five Appalachian institutions through the Advanced Welding Workforce Initiative, a part...
03/02/2021
ARC, DOE Award $1M to Appalachian Welding Programs

Today, $1 million was awarded to five Appalachian institutions through the Advanced Welding Workforce Initiative, a partnership between ARC, U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory and Fossil Energy. AWWI awardees will educate and train Appalachia's advanced technical workers by expanding welding programs, offering mobile training, connecting students to jobs and more โฌ‡๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿญ

โš™๏ธ Belmont College
โš™๏ธ Calhoun Community College
โš™๏ธ Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University
โš™๏ธ Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College
โš™๏ธ Westmoreland County Community College

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Department of Energyโ€™s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced five grant awards for the Advanced Welding Workforce Initiative (AWWI), a partnership to invest $1 million in education and training for advanced technical wor...

Transportation is a lifeline to opportunities, services and overall economic growth in Appalachia ๐Ÿš— This new ARC report ...
03/01/2021
Public Transportation in Appalachia - Inventory and Assessment - Appalachian Regional Commission

Transportation is a lifeline to opportunities, services and overall economic growth in Appalachia ๐Ÿš— This new ARC report explores how public transit services are adequately enhancing that access for the Region's residents, especially those in rural areas. Check it out for best practice ideas, a fact sheet for every Appalachian state and more โฌ‡๏ธ

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 t...

DEADLINE EXTENDED ๐Ÿ“ฃ ARCโ€™s two summer learning opportunities โ€“ the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy and the ARC/Oak R...
02/26/2021
Academies and Institutes - Appalachian Regional Commission

DEADLINE EXTENDED ๐Ÿ“ฃ ARCโ€™s two summer learning opportunities โ€“ the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy and the ARC/Oak Ridge National Laboratory STEM Program โ€“ will both be virtual this year due to COVID-19 ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป To accommodate this change, the application deadline for both programs is extended until April 2. Learn more about these programs โฌ‡๏ธ

ARC hosts several academies and institutes for students and adults in STEM education, entrepreneurship development, applied research, and community leadership. Through these experiential learning opportunities, participants build networks, hone skills, and cultivate an enduring commitment to Appalac...

National Entrepreneurship Week may be coming to a close, but we'll celebrate Appalachia's resilient entrepreneurs and en...
02/19/2021
Appalachian Entrepreneurship Survives & Thrives During COVID-19

National Entrepreneurship Week may be coming to a close, but we'll celebrate Appalachia's resilient entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ecosystems all year ๐Ÿ‘ This week's newsletter is packed with stories of ARC partners who pivoted during COVID, entrepreneurship resources (for each of Appalachia's 420 counties!), student learning opportunities and more โฌ‡๏ธ

During National Entrepreneurship Week, ARC is highlighting partners who are helping businesses pivot and stay open for their communities.

Ohio University Innovation Center has been strengthening Appalachian entrepreneurship for decades. During COVID-19, IC d...
02/18/2021
Ohio University's Innovation Center: Incubating Appalachia's Biotech Startups - Appalachian Regional Commission

Ohio University Innovation Center has been strengthening Appalachian entrepreneurship for decades. During COVID-19, IC doubled down on this mission with three new biotech labs and specialized coaching for life science startups. Their goal? Continue supporting innovators, while helping the Region more nimbly respond to health crises ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ๐Ÿ”ฌ #NatlEshipWeek

Behind every thriving community is small business. Behind a lot of successful small businesses are incubators, which provide the support and resources startups need to succeed. For 38 years, Ohio Universityโ€™s award-winning Innovation Center (IC) has offered much-needed space for Appalachian Ohio.....

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Inc. (ACE) has supported women, minority and low-income entrepreneurs for 20+ years...
02/17/2021
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs: Supporting Businesses of All Backgrounds - Appalachian Regional Commission

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Inc. (ACE) has supported women, minority and low-income entrepreneurs for 20+ years ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ‘ท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ When COVID-19 hit, ACE became more critical than ever. From offering technical assistance in Spanish, to helping clients learn Zoom, to providing nearly $1.1M in capital to 14 small businesses, they've helped Appalachian Georgia biz survive and thrive ๐Ÿ™Œ #NatlEshipWeek

For over 20 years, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) has empowered entrepreneurship in Appalachian Georgia through small business loans to candidates who might otherwise be overlooked. ACEโ€™s founder, Grace Fricks, is a former social worker, who made it the organizationโ€™s mission to targe...

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ARC funds projects that address the four goals identified in the Commission's strategic plan: 1. Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation. 2. Strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy. 3. Develop and improve Appalachia's infrastructure to make the Region economically competitive. 4. Build the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce Appalachia's isolation. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses.

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Sunday 00:00 - 23:00

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The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARCโ€™s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

Learn more at www.arc.gov.


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