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Appalachian Regional Commission

Appalachian Regional Commission Welcome to the official page of the Appalachian Regional Commission. For more information o 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.

Operating as usual

05/19/2022
Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow Stop #2

At the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow, we were honored to have Principal Chief Richard Sneed share how Visit Cherokee is growing tourism in the Qualla Boundary.

In addition to hosting the 2022 (and 2023!) Outdoor Economy Conference, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) has also launched Fire Mountain Trails. This 10.5+ mile trail system draws both tribe members and tourists, as well as new businesses like Motion Makers Bicycle Shop and Bryson City Outdoors.

ARC thanks Chief Sneed for sharing his insights. Learn more about EBCI's trails, Oconaluftee, The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Qualla Arts And Crafts Mutual, Inc., and more at www.visitcherokeenc.com.

05/18/2022
Outdoor Promotion Panel

Want to develop a strong outdoor economy in your community? 🛶 Listen to this panel of experts from Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow! We were inspired by their strategies for building business by connecting #Appalachian communities to outdoor recreation projects ⬇️

First Frontier Appalachian Trails
Friends of the Cheat
Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership

Attention #Appalachian households! 📣 The Federal Communications Commission's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is he...
05/17/2022
Get Internet | The White House

Attention #Appalachian households! 📣 The Federal Communications Commission's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is helping eligible households reduce monthly internet costs by up to $30 (or up to $75 if on tribal lands).

More than 48 million households are eligible, but only 11.5 million are using this program. Please help us spread the word to Appalachian families who can benefit from ACP!

Learn more about qualifications and the 1300+ participating internet service providers at

Learn how President Biden is reducing the cost of high-speed internet and find out if you qualify to sign up.

Save the date! 📅 Our 2022 annual conference, One Appalachia: Connection & Collaboration, will be held October 17-19 at t...
05/17/2022
One Appalachia: Connection & Collaboration - Appalachian Regional Commission

Save the date! 📅 Our 2022 annual conference, One Appalachia: Connection & Collaboration, will be held October 17-19 at the Rocky Gap Resort in Flintstone, Maryland.

Co-hosted with the State of Maryland and our 2022 States' Co-Chair Governor Larry Hogan, One Appalachia will be filled with ideas, inspiration, and strategies to strengthen the region 🤝 A complete agenda and registration link will be available soon!

ARC is excited to co-host our 2022 annual conference titled One Appalachia: Connection & Collaboration with the state of Maryland, October 17-19, at the Rocky Gap Resort in Flintstone, Maryland.  This event will highlight how our 13 states and 423 counties are collaborating to bring each of ARC’s...

In Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Center for Metal Arts is using a $1.5M ARC POWER grant to restore three historic buildings t...
05/16/2022
Center for Metal Arts gets $1.5M grant to restore historic steel mill buildings

In Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Center for Metal Arts is using a $1.5M ARC POWER grant to restore three historic buildings that will accommodate more job training, metal arts labs, and an exhibition gallery 👨🏼‍🔧

Read more about the project from The Tribune-Democrat ⬇️

The Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to restore three iconic former steel mill buildings at the Cambria Iron Works, a National Historic

Friends of Blackwater is using a $1.2M ARC POWER grant to boost tourism in West Virginia! 🚴The Blackwater Loop Trail wil...
05/13/2022
New trails aim to boost Tucker County tourism

Friends of Blackwater is using a $1.2M ARC POWER grant to boost tourism in West Virginia! 🚴

The Blackwater Loop Trail will connect the towns of Thomas and Davis, Blackwater Falls State Park, and the U.S. Forest Service - Monongahela National Forest. By linking key hubs of tourism and employment, historic assets, and other important areas, the trail will provide new outdoor oppotunities for visitors.

Read more from WOWK 13 NEWS ⬇️

Several new trails will be added between tourism hot spots in the West Virginia mountains, to help transform the area’s coal heritage into tourism heritage.

ARC was in southern New York this week with our partner New York Department of State and Southern Tier 8! Our Federal Co...
05/12/2022

ARC was in southern New York this week with our partner New York Department of State and Southern Tier 8!

Our Federal Co-Chair visited several ARC partners, including the City of Cortland, Family Counseling Services of Cortland County, and the Greater Good Grocery. We also saw workforce development in action at Broome-Tioga Workforce, Tioga County Office, Corning Community College, and Alfred State College Wellsville Campus 🏫

To close out the week, ARC's Appalachian Leadership Institute held a fireside chat with our Federal Co-Chair during their session in Corning! Interested in joining the next cohort of fellows? Applications are now open at www.arc.gov/leadership.

At Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow, ARC was proud to announce our latest investment in outdoor recreation ...
05/11/2022
Appalacian Regional Commission awards funds for multi-state project anchored in West Virginia

At Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow, ARC was proud to announce our latest investment in outdoor recreation with a $250,000 grant to the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority. The RIVERS project will seed a tourism and cultural asset partnership across six Appalachian states! 🛶🌲

Read more about the announcement from WV News ⬇️

WASHINGTON (WV News) — The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority has been awarded federal funding to seed a multi-state partnership to promote tourism, cultural assets and spark economic development

Want to spotlight arts and culture in your Appalachian community? Watch below to hear insights and success strategies fr...
05/10/2022

Want to spotlight arts and culture in your Appalachian community? Watch below to hear insights and success strategies from three local experts! 🎨

At Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow, leaders from Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, and Mayor Randy Heady of Jackson County, Tennessee joined us for a live panel discussion. One tip? Develop an infrastructure of relationships, down to the smallest level possible, to gain strong community support.

Watch all five panel conversations here: https://bit.ly/38Ynzqh

05/09/2022
INSPIRE

It’s SAMHSA's National Prevention Week, bringing together communities and organizations to raise awareness about substance use prevention. As most know, this is especially important for Appalachia, which has been disproportionately impacted by substance use disorder.

Since April 2021, ARC’s INSPIRE Initiative has invested $15.7 million in 49 projects helping Appalachians recover, reenter the workforce, and rejoin their communities. Learn more about the program from one of our partners, Land of Sky Regional Council's Change Agent Philip Cooper, and at www.arc.gov/sud. #NPW2022

05/06/2022
Federal Co-Chair Anniversary

It's been one year since Gayle Manchin was confirmed as ARC's 13th Federal Co-Chair 🎉 She's the fourth woman and first from West Virginia to take on this role! Watch below to hear her reflection on the first 12 months, which has already included visits to nine of the Appalachian states.

05/06/2022
Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow Stop #2

From the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway, to the Fire Mountain Trails and the nation’s only fly fishing trail, North Carolina Mountain Towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva and Visit Cherokee are home to incredible outdoor recreation 🎣 🛶

At Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow, local leaders, Tuckaseegee Fly Shop - Sylva, and Dillsboro River Company shared how outdoor tourism makes communities “strong, healthy, and vibrant” for both residents and visitors.

Watch below ⬇️ and access all videos here: https://bit.ly/38Ynzqh

05/05/2022
Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow Stop #2

Welcome to Western North Carolina 📍 At Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow, 250 attendees joined us on a virtual tour of Jackson County and the Qualla Boundary to see how their rich culture is preserved, celebrated, and promoted to create opportunity in communities.

Thanks to North Carolina Mountain Towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva, Visit Cherokee, Jackson County Green Energy Park, and DOGWOOD CRAFTERS for sharing your stories with ARC and the Appalachian Region.

Watch below ⬇️ and access all videos from Stop #2 here: https://bit.ly/38Ynzqh

05/05/2022
Let's Talk Tourism: A Conversation with Appalachian Leaders

We’re LIVE! 💻 with four #AppalachianLeaders discussing how they’re working to build tourism in their communities. If you’re looking for community success strategies, tune in now and join the convo featuring these incredible organizations

Tennessee Vacation
The PA Wilds
Northeast Tennessee
Trumbull County Historical Society

You can also learn more about the Appalachian Leadership Institute, which is seeking 40 fellows from every Appalachian state for the Class of 2022-2023. Listen in and learn more at www.arc.gov/leadership.

05/04/2022
Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow Stop #2

Over 250 Appalachians joined us yesterday for Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow! 🧭 All conversations and videos about building culture and tourism are now available, including our opening conversation with Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Gov. Bill Lee of Tennessee, and Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia.

How are these states providing support for placemaking in Appalachia? Hear their answers below ⬇️ and then watch all of yesterday’s videos here: https://bit.ly/3MlqqaX

Looking for ways to boost culture, outdoor recreation, and tourism in your community? Join four #AppalachianLeaders tomo...
05/04/2022

Looking for ways to boost culture, outdoor recreation, and tourism in your community? Join four #AppalachianLeaders tomorrow at 12 pm ET for a live conversation moderated by Collective Impact, LLC.

Attendees will hear insights, success strategies, and real-time Q&A with Appalachian Leadership Institute fellows and alumni. They'll also learn more about applying for ALI by June 1 at www.arc.gov/leadership.

Join us tomorrow here on Facebook to talk tourism! 🚵🛶

We’re excited to announce $250,000 for the beginnings of Outdoor RIVERS, a six-state tourism project! 🎉 Led by New River...
05/03/2022

We’re excited to announce $250,000 for the beginnings of Outdoor RIVERS, a six-state tourism project! 🎉 Led by New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, 350+ partners in WV, NC, KY, OH, VA and TN will plan around outdoor assets, the workforce, and culture in coal-impacted communities.

Tourism is a $60 billion per year industry in Appalachia. Through Outdoor RIVERS, project collaborators will develop a replicable model for maximizing Central Appalachia’s potential to fuel economic development through outdoor tourism.

Learn more about the project: https://bit.ly/3yfwtKq

05/03/2022
Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow Stop #2

"Tourism builds community. It's economic development at its finest." 👏 Thanks to all who joined Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow!

We'll post a full recap and videos soon at www.arc.gov/roadshow.

We’re also sharing an exciting grant announcement today! Stay tuned for more updates and learn more about all the incredible ARC partners and community voices who shared insights today ⬇️

Governor Roy Cooper
Gov. Bill Lee
Governor Jim Justice
North Carolina Department of Commerce
Department for Local Government - DLG
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
West Virginia Department of Commerce
North Carolina Mountain Towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva
DOGWOOD CRAFTERS
Tuckaseegee Fly Shop - Sylva
Dillsboro River Company
Jackson County Green Energy Park
Visit Cherokee
Mountain BizWorks
New River Gorge Regional Development Authority
Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Black Folks Camp Too
Friends of the Cheat

Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow is officially underway! You can still register and join: https://bit.ly/3u...
05/03/2022

Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow is officially underway! You can still register and join: https://bit.ly/3uF87rs

Mayor Lynda Sossamon of The Town of Sylva, North Carolina just kicked us off, and now our Federal Co-Chair is discussing the economic impact of culture, the outdoors, and tourism with Governor Roy Cooper, Governor Jim Justice, and Gov. Bill Lee.

Tune in now for this discussion, a virtual tour of North Carolina Mountain Towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva and Visit Cherokee, live panels with nine experts, and more!

It’s almost time! 📣 We’re hitting the road tomorrow to discuss culture, outdoor recreation, and tourism at Stop #2 of th...
05/02/2022

It’s almost time! 📣 We’re hitting the road tomorrow to discuss culture, outdoor recreation, and tourism at Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow.

Don't miss out! Register to hear governors, community leaders, and experts from North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia discuss how regional culture and tourism are strengthening their economies 📈 https://bit.ly/3kfOAYy

Helping Appalachia build culture, outdoor recreation, and tourism has long been a focus for ARC. Since 2017, we've inves...
04/29/2022

Helping Appalachia build culture, outdoor recreation, and tourism has long been a focus for ARC. Since 2017, we've invested $47.9 million in 178 projects helping communities create opportunity in these sectors!

We’re excited to share some of those partners and stories with you next Tuesday, May 3 at Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow. Register here: https://bit.ly/3kfOAYy

ARC is hosting #Appalachian Leadership Institute alumni at University of Tennessee, Knoxville this week for continued le...
04/29/2022

ARC is hosting #Appalachian Leadership Institute alumni at University of Tennessee, Knoxville this week for continued learning and connection 🤝

Interested in joining this growing network of #AppalachianLeaders? Apply for the Class of 2022-2023 by June 1! Selected fellows not only receive free training for nine months, but all stay connected through the ALI Alumni Network after graduating.

Head to www.arc.gov/leadership to learn more.

ARC is a proud member of the EnergyCommunities Interagency Working Group. This $5.5B includes $67.4M+ awarded by our POW...
04/28/2022

ARC is a proud member of the EnergyCommunities Interagency Working Group. This $5.5B includes $67.4M+ awarded by our POWER Initiative in the last year! 🎉 We're awarding another ~$37M in 2022 to projects in coal-impacted communities.

Learn more at arc.gov/power.

All #EnergyCommunities and workers deserve opportunities to be financially secure and thrive for generations to come. As traditional energy jobs decline, the Energy Communities IWG is working across the federal government to get more funding to more communities more quickly. Since last year, $5.5 billion in federal funds were awarded to energy communities to help revitalize local economies. https://energycommunities.gov/

Across the region, #AppalachianLeaders are using tourism to strengthen their communities. If you're looking for ideas, j...
04/28/2022

Across the region, #AppalachianLeaders are using tourism to strengthen their communities. If you're looking for ideas, join us LIVE on Facebook next Thursday, May 5 at 12 pm ET.

Tune in for success strategies, live Q&A, and more information on applying for the Appalachian Leadership Institute from these organizations:

Tennessee Department Of Tourist Development
The PA Wilds
Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association
Trumbull County Historical Society

Watch at Appalachian Regional Commission and apply at arc.gov/leadership.

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Big news! 📣 We're announcing a two week deadline extension for summer programs! Applications for the Appalachian STEM Academy and Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy are now due by March 18. Apply now for these hands-on learning experiences for #Appalachian students hosted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Appalachian State University 👩🏽‍💻
ARC's INSPIRE Initiative addresses substance use disorder in #Appalachia by expanding recovery-to-work ecosystems 👩‍🏭 We're awarding at least $10M in 2022! To learn more about applying, check out SOAR's guide to the process. Tomorrow, March 3, is the deadline to submit your Letter of Intent to apply!
Thanks to everyone who joined Stop #1 of the #Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow! 🎉 A lot was learned from ARC partners in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. Stay tuned as we share a full event recap, videos, and more in the coming days. Please also save the date for Stop #2! On May 3, we're discussing culture & tourism in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia 🚵🎻🎨 For more, check out www.arc.gov/roadshow.
Today's panel is discussing challenges and opportunities facing #Appalachia's workers. We're thankful for their stories and look forward to working with them to strengthen the workforce 🤝 Frostburg State University Community Kitchen Pittsburgh Hagerstown Community College Workforce Solutions for North Central PA SUNY JCC Join now: bit.ly/34C6XT8
Welcome to Appalachian Maryland 📍 Its three counties (located between West Virginia and Pennsylvania) and are packed with welcoming communities and multi-state partnerships, a makerspace, creative entrepreneurs, winter sports, an incredibly resilient workforce, and more. Register for the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow now to watch the full video featuring these organizations⬇️ https://bit.ly/34C6XT8 Allegany College of Maryland Western Maryland Works The Greater Cumberland Committee (TGCC) City of Cumberland MD Fire Department Lakeside Creamery Deep Creek Donuts Copper Kettle Popcorn Cabin Lodge Grill Thanks to Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland for providing stunning footage of their communities!
The Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow is officially underway! You can still register and join us here: https://bit.ly/34C6XT8 Visit Cumberland Maryland Mayor Ray Morriss kicked things off by discussing Appalachia's resilience in the face of economic disruption, and the many opportunities ahead of Appalachian Maryland. Now, ARC's Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin and States' Co-Chair Governor Larry Hogan are in conversation about the power of partnerships in building a strong workforce. Join now to hear this, followed by stories and development strategies from Appalachian community members: https://bit.ly/34C6XT8
In just 30 minutes, we’re hitting the road for Stop #1 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow! 🧭 Join us at 9:30 ET to hear community members and elected officials from Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania discuss workforce development strategies👩🏻‍🏭 There’s still time to register: https://www.airmeet.com/e/579541b0-78a1-11ec-8337-4306c212f253
There's still time to register for the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow! This five-part virtual series is bringing communities, elected officials, and experts from all 13 Appalachian states to you. Join us at 9:30 am tomorrow, March 1 for Stop #1 📍 Click below to register and catch a sneak peek of the discussion ⬇️
The Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow kicks off tomorrow at 9:30 am ET - and you're invited to hit the road with us! 🧭 Stop #1 of this five-part virtual series will feature community members, elected officials, and ARC partners sharing how they're building a strong workforce 👩🏻‍🏭 Register now to hear stories and success strategies from Appalachian Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania: https://bit.ly/3M0U6Lb
ARC is hitting the road for virtual tour of investments and progress across Appalachia’s 13 states - and you’re invited! 🧭 On Tuesday, March 1, join us at Stop #1 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow. Community members, elected officials, and ARC partners from Appalachian Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania will share their insights on building strong workforce ecosystems 👩🏻‍🏭 Register now to hit the road with us: https://www.arc.gov/event/roadshow-stop-1-workforce-ecosystems/
Each year, ARC's #BlackHistoryMonth Committee develops programming that allows our team to celebrate - and engage in important conversations about - the contributions of Black leaders in Appalachia and beyond. This year, we were thrilled to host Dr. William Turner, the ground-breaking historian, academic researcher, author, consultant, and coal miner's son from Harlan, KY. His latest work, The Harlan Renaissance, details the critical history and role of Black Appalachians in coal communities. Learn more on his website: https://whturnerphd.com/book-sales Please join us in thanking Dr. Turner for his insights, recommendations, and commitment to making this information available to us all 👏🏿
ARC's POWER Initiative has invested $294+ million in 369 projects across 354 coal-impacted Appalachian communities. Those projects have helped create or retain 35K+ jobs ,and helped prepare nearly 10K students and workers for opportunities in entrepreneurship, tourism, advanced manufacturing, and other emerging sectors. Can you help us keep this momentum going? We're awarding ~$25 million in 2022. Apply by April 29 to help strengthen and diversify your community's economy. www.arc.gov/power