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May 12, 2022  |  Volume 7, Issue 19
Join ARC in Maryland this October! 

The Appalachian Regional Commission is excited to co-host our 2022 annual conference, One Appalachia: Connection & Collaboration, with the state of Maryland from October 17 to 19 at the Rocky Gap Resort in Flintstone, Maryland. 

Be sure to save the date!

Attendees will be motivated by stories of resilience, inspired by success strategies, and energized by tactics they can use to replicate new economic development opportunities in their Appalachian communities. Stay tuned for updates — including a complete agenda and registration link  coming soon! 

Congratulations to ARC's Newest POWER Grantees
We're excited to call two new organizations ARC POWER partners! Their awards have brought POWER to a grand total of $319.3 million invested in 395 projects that strengthen and diversify coal-impacted economies since 2015. Learn more about them below and all POWER projects here.
Grantee: Friends of Blackwater
Location: Thomas, West Virginia
Award Amount: $1.2M

The Blackwater Loop and Regional Heritage Trail will support regional tourism through a new 8-mile loop trail and suspension bridge, and installation of wayfinding signage.
Grantee: Center for Metal Arts, Inc.
Location: Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Award Amount: $1.5M

POWER funding will support the renovation of three historic buildings to accommodate more skill and job training in metalsmithing, metal arts training labs, and an exhibition gallery. 
Appalachian Leaders Discuss Culture and Tourism in Corning
The Appalachian Leadership Institute hosted a session in Corning, New York this week focused on culture and tourism in Appalachia. They were joined by ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin for a fireside chat at the conclusion of the week. 

Interested in becoming one of our next fellows? Check out last week's Facebook Live discussion to hear more about culture and tourism, as well as the Leadership Institute experience. 

Applications for the 2022-2023 class of fellows are now open and due June 1.
Out and About in Appalachia 🚗

ARC Federal Co-Chair Visits New York

In addition to speaking to ALI fellows, our Federal Co-Chair traveled with New York's ARC State Alternate Mark Pattison, and state and local partners, to visit several ARC grantees. Check out a full recap on Twitter

Appalachian Trail Days 

Hikers, gear and craft vendors, and nonprofit trail partners will gather in Damascus, VA for the town's biggest event from May 13-15.

Sparking the EV Charging Revolution in Rural Communities

Watch the recording of this week's webinar with the Tennessee Valley Authority on electric vehicle charging infrastructure. 
Bring Free Concerts to Your Community! 
The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is an exciting grant opportunity bringing the joy of free outdoor concerts to small to mid-sized towns and cities.

Grant recipients will receive a three-year matching grant of $30K per year, for a total grant award of $90K. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2022.
Workforce Opportunities for Rural Communities (WORC) Funding Now Available
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of approximately $34.2 million in a fourth round of grant funding for the WORC Initiative, helping workers obtain new opportunities in rural communities. 

Grants will range from $150,00 up to $1.5 million. Proposals are due July 8, 2022.

Explore! Entrepreneurship Summit: Building a Business in the Alleghenies
May 15-16, 2022

WORC IV Prospective Applicant Webinar
May 23, 2022

SRC Live! Promoting Rural Broadband Networks
June 8-10, 2022

SOAR Summit- FOCUS: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
June 23-24, 2022

White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health 
September 2022

ARC Annual Conference: One Appalachia: Connection & Collaboration
October 17-19, 2022

All Events

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