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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. ARC’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.

Mission: To be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia.

For 30 years, the ARC / Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer STEM program has helped nearly 1,200 Appalachian students a...
08/10/2020
ARC / Oak Ridge Summer STEM Program Goes Virtual

For 30 years, the ARC / Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer STEM program has helped nearly 1,200 Appalachian students and teachers access STEM-related learning opportunities πŸ§ͺ This month, 94 students and teachers from all 13 Appalachian states completed the first online adaptation of the program πŸŽ‰ Congrats to all participants for their work in 3D printing, coding, robotics and more πŸ’»

This month, 94 students and teachers from all 13 Appalachian States completed a unique online adaptation of the ARC / Oak Ridge Summer STEM Program.

During National #FarmersMarketWeek, and every week, local food is making a BIG impact in Appalachian communities πŸ“ˆπŸ₯• That...
08/06/2020
ARC Celebrates Farmers Markets & Local Food in Appalachia

During National #FarmersMarketWeek, and every week, local food is making a BIG impact in Appalachian communities πŸ“ˆπŸ₯• That's why we're seeking a research partner to explore agricultural trends and best practices that are strengthening Appalachia's local food systems πŸ… Proposals are due at noon ET on August 19, 2020.

During National Farmers Market Week, ARC highlights partners who are creating opportunities in communities through local food.

Register now for "Economic Innovation and Ingenuity During COVID: An Appalachian Perspective" πŸ’» This FREE virtual series...
08/05/2020

Register now for "Economic Innovation and Ingenuity During COVID: An Appalachian Perspective" πŸ’» This FREE virtual series (produced with our partner, Ohio. Find It Here.) will explore community approaches to leadership, substance abuse services, infrastructure and tourism during COVID-19 🏘️ Seminars will take place every Wednesday from August 19 to September 9 at 11 am ET: www.arc.gov/summit

It’s National Farmers Market Week! πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŒΎ Investing in Appalachian food systems helps create economic opportunities πŸ“ˆ ARC ...
08/04/2020

It’s National Farmers Market Week! πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŒΎ Investing in Appalachian food systems helps create economic opportunities πŸ“ˆ ARC partners like Grow Ohio Valley , Sprouting Farms, Blue Ridge Food Ventures, The Wild Ramp and Central Appalachian Network are all strengthening their communities through food πŸ₯• Be sure to celebrate Appalachia's food providers this week and every week πŸ’™

08/03/2020
Your Response is Crucial (Census Rural Audience Video)

Every resident of every Appalachian community has an important voice πŸ™‹πŸ½ If you haven't yet, use yours during U.S. Census Bureau's "Rural Week of Action." Respond to the #2020Census online, by phone (844-330-2020), or by mail. Taking action will help your community get the federal funding it needs for schools, roads and more 🏫🏘️ Learn more below and at my2020census.gov.

It is important that everyone’s voice be heard. Shape the future and respond to the 2020 Census online now at 2020CENSUS.GOV. Download: https://broadcast.cen...

Before Covid-19, Appalachia was already facing a substance abuse epidemic. A recent ARC grant to Appalachian Artisan Cen...
07/31/2020
Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky receives a $138,860 grant

Before Covid-19, Appalachia was already facing a substance abuse epidemic. A recent ARC grant to Appalachian Artisan Center is an effort to help communities continue fueling long-term recovery 🏘️ AAC's "Culture of Recovery" program offers blacksmithing, luthiery and ceramics training to students overcoming substance use disorder, and can even lead to job opportunities 🎻

The grant was awarded to support the Artisan Center’s operations and programs.

ARC's annual summit is going virtual and focusing on Appalachia's economic future πŸ’» Communities have been hit hard by ec...
07/30/2020
ARC Summit Highlights COVID Response & Recovery in Appalachia

ARC's annual summit is going virtual and focusing on Appalachia's economic future πŸ’» Communities have been hit hard by economic transition, the substance abuse crisis and COVID-19 πŸ“‰ We're partnering with Ohio. Find It Here. on a four-week series that highlights innovation and ingenuity from across the Region, all of which helps communities recover and increase resilience πŸ’ͺ Register at arc.gov/summit.

ARC's annual summit is going virtual with a four week seminar series discussing major themes and best practices guiding the Region's economic future.

ARC's annual summits have long connected Appalachia's leaders, thinkers, and doers on pressing issues - and we're excite...
07/28/2020

ARC's annual summits have long connected Appalachia's leaders, thinkers, and doers on pressing issues - and we're excited to do so virtually in 2020 πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’» Register now for "Economic Innovation and Ingenuity During COVID: An Appalachian Perspective," a FREE virtual series produced in partnership with Ohio. Find It Here. Sessions will be held every Wednesday at 11 am ET from August 19 to September 9: www.arc.gov/summit

COVID-19 UPDATE: As of Monday July 27th, there are confirmed cases in ALL of Appalachia's 420 counties πŸ“ Check out the i...
07/27/2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: As of Monday July 27th, there are confirmed cases in ALL of Appalachia's 420 counties πŸ“ Check out the interactive map here: https://bit.ly/33c0CuT πŸ—ΊοΈ To access federal and state resources, community response efforts and more updates from across Appalachia, visit arc.gov/coronavirus.

πŸ“£ PARTNER OPPORTUNITY πŸ“£ ARC is seeking a partner to execute a technical assistance program for Appalachian non-profits d...
07/24/2020
ARC Seeks Partner for Appalachian Non-Profit Support Program

πŸ“£ PARTNER OPPORTUNITY πŸ“£ ARC is seeking a partner to execute a technical assistance program for Appalachian non-profits during COVID-19. The program will provide tools for addressing COVID-19–related financial and organizational hardships, and strategies to promote recovery and resilience πŸ’ͺ Proposals are due August 12: https://bit.ly/3hyJ007

ARC invites proposals from qualified organizations to design and execute a technical assistance program supporting nonprofits in Appalachia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We're excited to share a new collection of ARC research papers and commentary in Journal of Appalachian Health about sub...
07/23/2020
New Research Collection Explores Substance Abuse in Appalachia

We're excited to share a new collection of ARC research papers and commentary in Journal of Appalachian Health about substance use disorder and recovery-to-work efforts in Appalachia. The articles include insights from our Substance Abuse Advisory Council (pictured below ⬇️) and the role economic developers play in helping Appalachians recover, return to work and contribute to economic growth πŸ‘©β€πŸ­

ARC published a collection of research papers and commentary in The Journal of Appalachian Health about substance use disorder and recovery-to-work efforts in Appalachia.

ARC recently invested $6 million in six lending organizations across West Virginia πŸ“ˆ With that support, groups like Wood...
07/21/2020
Community lender receives grant to support small business COVID-19 recovery

ARC recently invested $6 million in six lending organizations across West Virginia πŸ“ˆ With that support, groups like Woodlands Development Group & Community Lenders will help small businesses keep folks on payroll, pivot to e-commerce and more to recover from COVID-19 πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ’»

ELKINS, W.Va. – A Randolph County development organization has received a large grant to support small businesses in the area. Woodlands Community Lenders was granted $750,000 from the Appala…

As Appalachian communities build resilience, local food systems are more important than ever πŸ₯• ARC has issued a request ...
07/20/2020
ARC Issues Request for Research Proposals on Appalachian Agriculture

As Appalachian communities build resilience, local food systems are more important than ever πŸ₯• ARC has issued a request for research proposals to examine agricultural activity in Appalachia. We're seeking a partner to help us identify Regional and national best practices that support food enterprise development and increase farm revenue πŸ“ˆ Proposals are due by 12 pm ET on August 19, 2020.

ARC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to examine how agricultural activity in the region has changed over the years and identify best practices to develop local food systems.

For decades, ARC partners like Appalachian Sustainable Development - ASD have created economic opportunities for local f...
07/17/2020
ARC Partners Connect Farmers to Families in Appalachia

For decades, ARC partners like Appalachian Sustainable Development - ASD have created economic opportunities for local farmers and producers πŸ“ˆ During COVID-19, ASD is addressing food insecurity through U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers to Families Food Box Program πŸ₯• This program purchases fruits, vegetables, meats, and other products from farmers, supplies them to food banks and other non-profits, who then distribute to families in need πŸ’™

ARC partners like Appalachian Sustainable Development are addressing food insecurity through USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

COVID-19 UPDATE πŸ“£ As of Thursday, July 16th, at 10:30 am ET, there were 160,961 confirmed cases in 419 of Appalachia's 4...
07/16/2020
COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in 419 Appalachian Counties

COVID-19 UPDATE πŸ“£ As of Thursday, July 16th, at 10:30 am ET, there were 160,961 confirmed cases in 419 of Appalachia's 420 counties. The only county not reporting confirmed cases is Doddridge County, WV πŸ“ Our newsletter has more on Covid case reports and economic recovery efforts across Appalachia ⬇️

As of today, July 16th, at 10:30 am (ET), there were 160,961 cases in 419 Appalachian counties.

Local food is key to community resilience - especially as Appalachia confronts both economic transition and Covid-19 πŸ…πŸ₯• ...
07/15/2020
Summers County farm receives $1.5 million for development

Local food is key to community resilience - especially as Appalachia confronts both economic transition and Covid-19 πŸ…πŸ₯• Sprouting Farms has used ARC support for education, training and more to create opportunities through food systems. If your community is looking to grow its local food sector, get some ideas from this incredible ARC partner πŸ‘

TALCOTT, WV (WVNS) β€” Sprouting Farms sits at 4661 Rt. 3 and 12 in Talcott, Summers County. Executive Director at Sprouting Farms, April Koenig, said the business hit the ground running in 201…

Tennessee Valley Corridor connects leaders from five Appalachian states to promote science, education and more. Join the...
07/14/2020

Tennessee Valley Corridor connects leaders from five Appalachian states to promote science, education and more. Join their 2020 Virtual Summit to celebrate 25 years of transformation and innovation πŸ’‘ ARC's Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas will keynote the kick-off session on July 16 at 1pm ET πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» He'll discuss strategies for economic growth in this part of Appalachia πŸ“ˆ Register for free here: https://bit.ly/30bdiPq

We πŸ’™ seeing Appalachians step up for their communities! Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is teaming up with Ath...
07/13/2020
Burrow joins pantry to create hunger relief fund

We πŸ’™ seeing Appalachians step up for their communities! Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is teaming up with Athens County Food Pantry and our partner, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, to address food insecurity. The Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund will serve vulnerable populations in Athens County and across Southeast Ohio 🏘️ One of many incredible efforts happening in Appalachia every day.

Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has partnered with local organizations in Southeast Ohio to create a hunger relief fund named in his honor.

Appalachia is located within 500 miles of about 70% of the country’s population πŸ“ As folks are looking to spend more tim...
07/10/2020
Coal Towns Were Counting On Tourism For New Jobs. Then Coronavirus Hit.

Appalachia is located within 500 miles of about 70% of the country’s population πŸ“ As folks are looking to spend more time outdoors, the Region could experience a boost in tourism this summer πŸ“ˆ We're grateful for ARC partners that are offering grants, loans and other support services to small businesses. Keeping emerging sectors - like outdoor tourism - afloat is critical to to Appalachian communities πŸš΅β€β™€οΈ

Coal towns that were growing jobs based on outdoor recreation are now dealing with the economic effects of the pandemic. But many still see an opporunity.

As Appalachians return to work, ARC is thrilled to support 6 West Virginian lending organizations with $6 million πŸŽ‰ The ...
07/09/2020
ARC Invests $6 Million in West Virginia's Small Businesses

As Appalachians return to work, ARC is thrilled to support 6 West Virginian lending organizations with $6 million πŸŽ‰ The funds will be used to help small businesses keep employees on payroll, receive much-needed technical assistance and more. Ensuring Appalachian biz can access capital and support services is critical to helping communities recover economically from Covid-19 πŸ“ˆ

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito applauded a $6 million ARC investment package for 6 West Virginia lending organizations and revolving loans currently assisting thousands of small businesses.

Congrats to the 19 rising high-school seniors from nine Appalachian states who are participating in the first Appalachia...
07/07/2020

Congrats to the 19 rising high-school seniors from nine Appalachian states who are participating in the first Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy πŸŽ‰ AEA is a 12-month blended learning curriculum with modules led by regional experts in business planning, product development, and other entrepreneurial services πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’ΌπŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ”¬

Students will also have the opportunity to receive industry-recognized certificates and college credit at the end of the program πŸŽ“ AEA is sponsored by ARC and made possible by the Institute for Educational Leadership. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3gyM9MO

Hey Appalachia - get counted in the #2020Census! πŸ™‹πŸ½ Areas like Beckley, WV can expect U.S. Census Bureau members to visi...
07/06/2020
Census Takers to Start Follow Up with Nonresponding Households in Limited Areas in July

Hey Appalachia - get counted in the #2020Census! πŸ™‹πŸ½ Areas like Beckley, WV can expect U.S. Census Bureau members to visit households in July. The Census determines how billions of dollars in federal funding get spent, which has a big impact on Appalachian communities 🏘️ For more information on what to expect, how to identify a Census taker and more visit 2020census.gov.

Based on the current self-response rate of 61.8%, the Census Bureau estimates it will visit approx. 56 million addresses to collect responses in person.

Don’t miss this opportunity πŸ“£ The U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative...
07/02/2020
Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities Applications Due July 29

Don’t miss this opportunity πŸ“£ The U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative awards up to $1.5M to workforce programs that train participants for high-demand occupations throughout Appalachia. Recordings of our pre-application webinars are available at www.arc.gov/worc to help anyone who's interested submit a strong proposal πŸ’ͺπŸ“ Applications are due on July 29.

The U.S. Department of Labor has partnered with ARC to issue grants for programs focused on training dislocated workers, new entrants into the workforce, and individuals affected by substance use disorder returning to work for high-demand occupations throughout the Appalachian Region. Applications a...

We're thrilled to share that 94 students and teachers from all 13 Appalachian states will participate in the 30th annual...
07/01/2020

We're thrilled to share that 94 students and teachers from all 13 Appalachian states will participate in the 30th annual – and first ever virtual - ARC / Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer STEM program πŸŽ‰πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’» This partnership with ORAU provides the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math via lectures, group work and skill development πŸ§ͺ πŸ”¬ The 3-week program culminates with a showcase where teams share their work. Learn more about the participants ⬇️ https://bit.ly/2BZx5IV

Small and low-income areas that were struggling before Covid-19 likely don't have the resources for economic recovery πŸ“ˆ ...
06/29/2020
Opportunity Alabama From OZs To Covid-19 Recovery

Small and low-income areas that were struggling before Covid-19 likely don't have the resources for economic recovery πŸ“ˆ Our POWER partner Opportunity Alabama is using ARC support to change that πŸ‘ Their Rural Recovery Accelerator will offer training and resources to help lower-population counties plan beyond reopening and develop long-term strategies for economic success πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’Ό

OPAL’s skill for connecting capital, community leaders and developers earned the nonprofit a Forbes OZ 20 Grand Prize. Now that knack for coalition and capacity-building work is helping Alabama communities bounce back from Covid-19.

Have you registered for the #RuralRISE2020 Summit yet? Join RuralRISE this Monday, June 29, and learn more about empower...
06/26/2020
RuralRISE Summit 2020 - Virtual

Have you registered for the #RuralRISE2020 Summit yet? Join RuralRISE this Monday, June 29, and learn more about empowering the leaders, doers, and innovators in your rural community 🏘️ Use promo code ARC to attend for FREE πŸ™Œ Don't miss this chance to connect and brainstorm ideas for areas in Appalachia and beyond πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’»

Join fellow ecosystem builders in the conversation about rural support. Throughout the day, participants will hear from skilled ecosystem builders and rural entrepreneurs. There will be presentations as well as virtual table conversations to share tips and resources. Throughout the day we will colle...

This week, the Office of National Drug Control Policy announced the launch of the Rural Community Toolbox 🧰 The RCTB con...
06/25/2020
New "Rural Community Toolbox" Offers Resources for Addressing Substance Abuse

This week, the Office of National Drug Control Policy announced the launch of the Rural Community Toolbox 🧰 The RCTB connects rural leaders with funding, data and information (from 16 federal departments and agencies!) to effectively address substance abuse in their communities 🏘️ If you're working on long-term recovery in your Appalachian communities, check out www.ruralcommunitytoolbox.org.

On ONDCP's new resource site, rural leaders can seek funding, data, and information from 16 agencies on over 40 key topics relating to substance abuse.

As life during COVID-19 becomes more virtual, Appalachia's 107 rural counties are lagging behind the nation's other 840 ...
06/24/2020

As life during COVID-19 becomes more virtual, Appalachia's 107 rural counties are lagging behind the nation's other 840 rural counties πŸ’» Lack of home Internet access affects work, school and more. This is exactly why ARC and our partners are investing in broadband and offering free wi-fi in downtown areas 🌐 Communities need connection for economic recovery and resilience 🏘️ Learn more at arc.gov/chartbook.

Covid-19 continues to affect #Appalachia in many ways, including access to key services. Recently, overdoses have increa...
06/23/2020
'How are we going to keep people alive?' Behind the pandemic, overdoses are rising across West Virginia

Covid-19 continues to affect #Appalachia in many ways, including access to key services. Recently, overdoses have increased nationwide, but especially in WV πŸ“ˆ Barriers brought by the pandemic include online instead of in-person meetings, less intakes at recovery centers and more πŸ’” We're SO grateful for ARC partners who work tirelessly to help Appalachia recover from both economic disruption and the substance abuse crisis.

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, so does the drug epidemic.

When Appalachian entrepreneurs and small biz need COVID-19 support, many turn to Community Development Financial Institu...
06/22/2020
Appalachian Banks Still Have Time to Become Certified PPP Lenders

When Appalachian entrepreneurs and small biz need COVID-19 support, many turn to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other mission-driven lenders 🏦 To help more rural and underserved communities access services like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), U.S. Small Business Administration has encouraged CDFIs to become a certified PPP lender by June 30 ⏰

Community Development Financial (CDFIs) and other community lenders are supporting small biz through services like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Become a certified PPP lender by June 30!

Appalachian communities - check out these COVID tracking tools ⬇️ Two new Esri products provide county-level trend data,...
06/18/2020
COVID-19 Tracking Tools Reveal County, State & Global Trends

Appalachian communities - check out these COVID tracking tools ⬇️ Two new Esri products provide county-level trend data, including recent outbreak locations and the number of days since a county's last new case. This is great information to check as communities continue reopening 🏘️ As of June 18 at 11:30 am ET, there were 81,740 cases in 415 Appalachian counties. Our newsletter has more info πŸ“

Two new tools from ESRI provide COVID-19 trend data, including the number of days since a county's most recent case.

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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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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. ARC’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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