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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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.

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Appalachia’s educational attainment improved at every level from 2015-2019 πŸ“ˆ From increases in high school diplomas and ...
06/22/2021

Appalachia’s educational attainment improved at every level from 2015-2019 πŸ“ˆ From increases in high school diplomas and bachelor’s degrees, to leading the nation in associate’s degrees, we're excited to see these educational strides πŸŽ“ Learn more insights from ARC's Chartbook, a report with 300K+ data points on the Region: arc.gov/education-in-appalachia/

Appalachia’s educational attainment improved at every level from 2015-2019 πŸ“ˆ From increases in high school diplomas and bachelor’s degrees, to leading the nation in associate’s degrees, we're excited to see these educational strides πŸŽ“ Learn more insights from ARC's Chartbook, a report with 300K+ data points on the Region: arc.gov/education-in-appalachia/

"When you think of ARC, you don't automatically connect it with a sober living facility for women." πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’Ό Brooke's Ho...
06/21/2021
Gayle Manchin explains how to tackle big issues β€” one project at a time

"When you think of ARC, you don't automatically connect it with a sober living facility for women." πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’Ό Brooke's House, a recovery home in Appalachian Maryland, is exactly the kind of place we're proud to support! This week, our Federal Co-Chair joined Congressman David Trone to see how they're using ARC support to educate, train, employ, and empower residents through social enterprises. Herald-Mail Media has more ⬇️

When you think of a development agency like the ARC, you don't automatically connect it with a sober living facility. But maybe you should.

Our Federal Co-Chair had a great first visit to Appalachian Maryland. Joined by Congressman David Trone and Maryland's A...
06/17/2021
Educating + Empowering Workers in Appalachian Maryland

Our Federal Co-Chair had a great first visit to Appalachian Maryland. Joined by Congressman David Trone and Maryland's ARC State Alternate Wendi Peters, she met with several incredible ARC partners ⬇️ Our newsletter has more on their efforts to educate students, train dislocated workers, incubate business, and empower women in recovery πŸ‘

πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³ Brooke's House
βš™οΈ Western Maryland Works
🏫 Allegany College of Maryland
πŸ§‘πŸΎβ€πŸ­ Frostburg State University
πŸ‘·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Garrett College
πŸ“ˆ Cumberland Economic Development Corporation

This week, ARC Federal Co-Chair Manchin visited partners who are educating, training, and empowering students and workers in Appalachian Maryland.

25.7+ million people called #Appalachia home in 2019 🏘️ Though that's an increase of 455,000 residents since mid-2010, t...
06/15/2021
Population and Age in Appalachia

25.7+ million people called #Appalachia home in 2019 🏘️ Though that's an increase of 455,000 residents since mid-2010, the Region's overall growth is still slower than the national average. Want more insights? Check out ARC's Chartbook, an annual report with 300,000 data points on population, income, employment and more ⬇️

Appalachia had a population of 25.7 million in 2019, a 1.8% increase – or 455,000 more residents – than it had in mid-2010. Though two subregions have experienced growth, most of the Region has lost population and its overall growth is slower than the national average of 6%. The Region’s popul...

Congrats to our #AppalachianLeaders for completing their final Appalachian Leadership Institute session on "Developing C...
06/14/2021

Congrats to our #AppalachianLeaders for completing their final Appalachian Leadership Institute session on "Developing Community Capacity in Appalachia" πŸŽ‰ Next month, they'll safely meet in person (for the first time!) to graduate in Washington, D.C. Learn more about this incredible group of fellows - which includes librarians, economic developers, entrepreneurs and a recovery activist - at leadership.arc.gov/class.

Congrats to our #AppalachianLeaders for completing their final Appalachian Leadership Institute session on "Developing Community Capacity in Appalachia" πŸŽ‰ Next month, they'll safely meet in person (for the first time!) to graduate in Washington, D.C. Learn more about this incredible group of fellows - which includes librarians, economic developers, entrepreneurs and a recovery activist - at leadership.arc.gov/class.

Interested in all things #Appalachia? Check out our Chartbook πŸ“Š This report provides a critical look at where the Region...
06/11/2021

Interested in all things #Appalachia? Check out our Chartbook πŸ“Š This report provides a critical look at where the Region stood prior to COVID-19. Positive trends during 2015-2019 include median income growth, improved educational attainment and reduced poverty. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3gwiTrI

Interested in all things #Appalachia? Check out our Chartbook πŸ“Š This report provides a critical look at where the Region stood prior to COVID-19. Positive trends during 2015-2019 include median income growth, improved educational attainment and reduced poverty. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3gwiTrI

ARC's 2021 Chartbook is here πŸ“Š This report, updated annually in partnership with Population Reference Bureau, provides 3...
06/10/2021
ARC Report Shows Improving Trends and Economic Vulnerabilities in Appalachia Prior to COVID-19

ARC's 2021 Chartbook is here πŸ“Š This report, updated annually in partnership with Population Reference Bureau, provides 300,000+ data points on Appalachia's population, education, income, broadband access and more πŸ“ˆ Though compiled pre-COVID, the report will provide a critical benchmark for comparison once pandemic-related data is available. Learn more and explore fact pages covering six different topic areas ⬇️

β€œThe Chartbook” features more than 300,000 data points on Appalachia’s economy, income, employment, education, and other indicators to serve as future baseline for COVID-19 analysis. WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2021β€”Data from the 11th annual update of The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview f...

"Behind every #Appalachian community, you find people - often the product of community colleges - leading the way.” 🏫 To...
06/08/2021

"Behind every #Appalachian community, you find people - often the product of community colleges - leading the way.” 🏫 Today, ARC's Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin addressed the Community Colleges of #Appalachia, an association of 90 institutions working to educate and train the Region's workforce. We've partnered with CCA for decades and are proud to join their 28th annual conference, "Truly Serving #Appalachia During COVID-19": ccofapp.org

πŸ“Έ: ARC's Federal Co-Chair and Tennessee State Alternate, Brooxie Carlton of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, visit CCA member Pelissippi State Community College. In 2020, ARC invested $150K in their Blount County Culinary Institute.

"Behind every #Appalachian community, you find people - often the product of community colleges - leading the way.” 🏫 Today, ARC's Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin addressed the Community Colleges of #Appalachia, an association of 90 institutions working to educate and train the Region's workforce. We've partnered with CCA for decades and are proud to join their 28th annual conference, "Truly Serving #Appalachia During COVID-19": ccofapp.org

πŸ“Έ: ARC's Federal Co-Chair and Tennessee State Alternate, Brooxie Carlton of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, visit CCA member Pelissippi State Community College. In 2020, ARC invested $150K in their Blount County Culinary Institute.

It's #NationalTrailsDay and #WorldEnvironmentDay 🌎 Across Appalachia, ARC partners are establishing trail systems to str...
06/05/2021
Trail Systems: Guiding Communities to Opportunities

It's #NationalTrailsDay and #WorldEnvironmentDay 🌎 Across Appalachia, ARC partners are establishing trail systems to strengthen economies. From connecting equestrian and snowmobile trails for year-round use in New York, to getting West Virginia community members involved in planning and upkeep, trails are gateways to local opportunity 🌲

Every Appalachian state has ample trail opportunities, from the Tanglefoot Trail in Mississippi, to South Carolina’s Swamp Rabbit Trail and Pennsylvania’s Great Allegheny Passage.

MADE X MTNS is a new outdoors brand that wants to know - how have the mountains made you? ⛰️ With support from ARC and 1...
06/04/2021
MADE X MTNS: New brand hopes to highlight WNC outdoor hub, spur new outdoor business

MADE X MTNS is a new outdoors brand that wants to know - how have the mountains made you? ⛰️ With support from ARC and 18 other organizations, Made by Mountains is connecting outdoor enthusiasts and entrepreneurs with the possibilities in their community. They're one of many ARC partners leveraging local pride to fuel economic growth ⬇️

It's not only mountains, waterfalls and trails that make Western North Carolina an outdoor hub but its people, what they make and their stories.

"The more we can get people to think regionally, beyond state or county lines, the more likely we are to succeed as a wh...
06/03/2021
The Power of Partnerships in Appalachia

"The more we can get people to think regionally, beyond state or county lines, the more likely we are to succeed as a whole.” This week, we're talking about the role of partnerships in strengthening Appalachia 🀝 From our Federal Co-Chair's remarks at Tennessee Valley Corridor's #TVCSummit2021, to The White House proposing $1 billion for ARC's POWER Initiative, the Region's future is brighter when we all come together ⬇️

From the President's proposed $1 billion for ARC's POWER Initiative, to a summit focused on regional collaboration, this week's newsletter is all about partnerships.

Today, the The White House released its proposed FY 2022 budget, which includes $235 million for ARC and an additional $...
05/28/2021
Proposed Budget Includes $235M for ARC, $1B for Coal-Impacted Communities

Today, the The White House released its proposed FY 2022 budget, which includes $235 million for ARC and an additional $1 billion for ARC’s POWER Initiative through the American Jobs Plan.

The proposed funding β€œwill allow ARC to more adequately meet the overwhelming needs of communities impacted by losses in jobs in the coal industry,” said our Federal Co-Chair Gayle C. Manchin.

To date, POWER has been highly competitive, reaching a record number of applications in 2021. The additional $1 billion, spread over five years, would help us scale our support for projects working toward Appalachia's long-term economic diversification.

President Biden’s FY 2022 Budget Proposal, released today, requests $235 million for 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 grant program to help coal-imp...

Across the Region, Appalachians are leveraging their love of "home" to create economic opportunities πŸ“ˆ 🏘️ From Growing O...
05/27/2021
Appalachians Take Pride in Place

Across the Region, Appalachians are leveraging their love of "home" to create economic opportunities πŸ“ˆ 🏘️ From Growing Outdoors's new MADE X MTNS campaign, to Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky's new brand rooted in community history, to a town-wide renovation by HGTV in Appalachian Alabama, our newsletter has inspiring examples from five states ⬇️

Appalachian communities are leveraging heritage, culture and nature for economic growth. Learn more about their efforts to launch brands, raising funds and undergo town-wide renovations!

Though the nation is slowly opening up, the pandemic's effects will long be felt by communities - especially food access...
05/26/2021
USDA Invests $92.2 Million in Grants for Local, Regional Food Producers Affected by the Pandemic

Though the nation is slowly opening up, the pandemic's effects will long be felt by communities - especially food accessibility πŸ… U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $92.2 million available to local and regional food producers affected by COVID. The grants aim to increase access through producer-to-consumer markets and boost food system resilience πŸ“ˆ Great opportunity for Appalachia's local food sector!

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2021 β€” The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $92.2 million in competitive grant funding under the 2018 Farm Bill’s Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). The LAMP grants announced today are funded through the Farmers Market program as ...

How accessible is daily life in Appalachia? πŸš— Building off our "Access in Appalachia" report, we're seeking a partner to...
05/25/2021

How accessible is daily life in Appalachia? πŸš— Building off our "Access in Appalachia" report, we're seeking a partner to help us launch the Access in Appalachia Pilot Project. This initiative will use accessibility metrics to develop new methods and measurements for state-level decision making about transportation. Proposals are due on June 15: https://bit.ly/3uiEPeH

How accessible is daily life in Appalachia? πŸš— Building off our "Access in Appalachia" report, we're seeking a partner to help us launch the Access in Appalachia Pilot Project. This initiative will use accessibility metrics to develop new methods and measurements for state-level decision making about transportation. Proposals are due on June 15: https://bit.ly/3uiEPeH

Our new Federal Co-Chair, Gayle Manchin, has hit the ground running to serve Appalachia. Her top priorities? Drawing on ...
05/24/2021
Gayle Manchin: β€˜The Stars Have Just Lined Up’ for West Virginia, Appalachia

Our new Federal Co-Chair, Gayle Manchin, has hit the ground running to serve Appalachia. Her top priorities? Drawing on her extensive education background to build the Region's workforce and economic vitality, expanding broadband and visiting every Appalachian state to understand community needs. West Virginia Public Broadcasting has more ⬇️

Gayle Manchin is the first West Virginian to serve as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission in its 56-year history. Her husband, Sen. Joe Manchin, is a key vote for President Joe Biden in an evenly divided Senate. Biden can’t advance his priorities without the centrist Democrat.....

What do the mountains of North Carolina and museums in Italy and France have in common? Frescoes! 🎨 There are 30 by Benj...
05/21/2021
Following a trail of frescoes in the mountains of North Carolina

What do the mountains of North Carolina and museums in Italy and France have in common? Frescoes! 🎨 There are 30 by Benjamin Long in the U.S., 14 of which are found on the Benjamin F. Long IV Fresco Trail. If you're looking for road trip ideas, check out the nine frescoes that can be found throughout Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in Appalachian North Carolina β›°

Renaissance-style artwork is a surprising find in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

ARC would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the nearly 2,000 participants in our #EnvisionAppalachia survey and communi...
05/20/2021
Nearly 2,000 Appalachians Help Envision Region's Future

ARC would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the nearly 2,000 participants in our #EnvisionAppalachia survey and community conversations πŸŽ‰ Your input will guide ARC's investments from 2022-2026! What's next? Our newsletter has more on phase two of this process and a sneak peek of when we'll officially share our new strategic plan ⬇️

ARC has completed phase one of Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations for ARC's New Strategic Plan. Input from Appalachians will be used to inform investment priorities for the next five years.

Welding skills are in high demand across Appalachia πŸ“ˆ To meet local workforce needs, Jefferson State used ARC support to...
05/19/2021
New Jeff State welding center helps meet strong demand

Welding skills are in high demand across Appalachia πŸ“ˆ To meet local workforce needs, Jefferson State used ARC support to open a 5,000 square foot facility with welding stations, a computerized plasma cutting table, classrooms and more. The program is now training everyone from new workforce entrants to former tattoo artists for high-paying jobs in this field πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ­

Demand for welders in central Alabama is really strong. 58 INC., an economic development group in Shelby County, recently determined that welding jobs are the second-highest jobs in demand in Shelby County.

After choosing the path of recovery, Philip Cooper joined A New Direction – a program supporting inmate recovery and job...
05/18/2021
Recovery initiative combines job and mental health help - NC Health News

After choosing the path of recovery, Philip Cooper joined A New Direction – a program supporting inmate recovery and job readiness. Twelve years later, he's helping 40-50 people a year to enter the recovery ecosystem and plans to use an ARC grant to expand his impact. We're so proud to call this community "change agent" an ARC partner and Appalachian Leadership Institute fellow πŸ‘πŸΏ

A $1 Million Asheville-based initiative will help people from Asheville and surrounding counties begin recovery, stay sober and find a job.

ARC is saddened by the passing of Eula Hall, a legendary health leader and activist who spent decades providing medical ...
05/17/2021

ARC is saddened by the passing of Eula Hall, a legendary health leader and activist who spent decades providing medical care to Eastern Kentuckyn families. Mud Creek Health Clinic used ARC grants to rebuild after a devastating fire, expand its operations and purchase new equipment. Our newsletter has more on her incredible legacy of service to #Appalachia: https://bit.ly/33NCpKn

πŸ“Έ: Courier Journal

ARC is saddened by the passing of Eula Hall, a legendary health leader and activist who spent decades providing medical care to Eastern Kentuckyn families. Mud Creek Health Clinic used ARC grants to rebuild after a devastating fire, expand its operations and purchase new equipment. Our newsletter has more on her incredible legacy of service to #Appalachia: https://bit.ly/33NCpKn

πŸ“Έ: Courier Journal

Appalachia's natural and cultural assets help preserve heritage and spur economic growth 🎻 How are communities successfu...
05/14/2021
Appalachian Communities Leverage Nature and Culture

Appalachia's natural and cultural assets help preserve heritage and spur economic growth 🎻 How are communities successfully implementing tourism strategies? In a recent discussion with Appalachian Leadership Institute fellows, Barter Theatre shared how they transformed an abandoned drive-in into Moonlite Theatre - a socially distant site for live performances! Our newsletter has more ideas ⬇️

In a recent discussion from the Appalachian Leadership Institute, fellows heard from experts and community leaders on strategies to sustainably use local assets.

It's United for #InfrastructureWeek πŸ‘·πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ Investing in Appalachia's infrastructure has long been an ARC priority. From h...
05/12/2021
Expanding Critical Infrastructure in Appalachia

It's United for #InfrastructureWeek πŸ‘·πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ Investing in Appalachia's infrastructure has long been an ARC priority. From highways, to water systems and increasing broadband access, in FY 2020 we invested $70.6M to help the Region #LeadWithInfrastructure ⬇️

Infrastructure developmentsβ€”such as water and wastewater systems, broadband, and transportation networksβ€” play a critical role in Appalachia’s capacity to compete in the global economy. ARC infrastructure investments leverage additional resources that attract new business, create jobs, increas...

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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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