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Bringing POWER Leaders Together for a Stronger Economy

Image of table displays at the ARC Peer-to-Peer POWER Convening
A sampling of the economic development initiatives represented at ARC’s Peer-to-Peer POWER Convening in Huntington, WV, this week.
Across Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities, incubation centers and maker-spaces are opening to help students and small businesses realize their entrepreneurial dreams; innovative workforce development programs in the technology, manufacturing, healthcare, and energy sectors are preparing regional workers with new career skills; communities are discussing strategic ways to enhance their broadband capacities; small farmers are reclaiming abandoned land and reaching new markets; and infrastructure is being put into place to capitalize on the Region’s parks, trails, and other natural attractions. Many of these efforts have received support through ARC’s POWER Initiative. Focusing on general sectors like enterprise development, entrepreneurial agriculture, tourism, workforce, and broadband, over 200 people representing ARC’s POWER partners and practitioners were in Huntington, West Virginia, this week for the ARC Peer-to-Peer POWER Convening. The Convening’s goal was to give these grantees and their partners additional tools, skills, and resources to continue building a stronger regional economy and build a strong foundation to continue their work. In addition to working sessions, the group also participated in technical assistance workshops on raising capital, grant management, organizational capacity, and communications. To date, ARC has invested in nearly 100 projects specifically designed to build a stronger economy across 250 of the Region’s coal-impacted communities. These investments, totaling $92 million, will create or retain almost 8,600 jobs, leverage an additional $206 million in investment, and prepare thousands of workers and students with globally competitive skills and opportunities in the Region's manufacturing, technology, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and other emerging sectors. 


Ohio University Gets $300,000 Grant for Project to Improve Life in Appalachia, The News Center, Athens, Ohio
Gov. Ivey Announces $100,000 Grant for Guntersville Schools, Sand Mountain Reporter, Albertville, Alabama
Grant Approved For I-40 Frontage Access Road Construction In Morganton, WHKY, Hickory, North Carolina
EPA To Help Kentuckians Improve Health, Environment And Revitalize Local Economy, WTVQ, Lexington, Kentucky
A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree, New York Times
Career Opportunity
ARC seeks a Senior Transportation Advisor to provide critical oversight of the region’s transportation-related economic development strategies.
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AHEN Paving a Path to Higher Ed in Appalachia
“As a Wellesley student, a woman who will, and is a part of academia, I am also a hillbilly, an Appalachian, and a Kentuckian. While the students in my classes who came from strong school backgrounds are able to transition to college and even find work study jobs while succeeding, I struggle to keep up with the new formats and challenging material, much less find a job despite applying to all applicable open positions,” eastern Kentucky native Amanda Wahlstedt wrote last year. A rising sophomore, Amanda joined nearly 130 educational leaders, advocates, counselors, and students at the 4th annual Appalachian Higher Education Network Conference in Davis, West Virginia, this week. Since 1998, the Appalachian Higher Education Network (AHEN) has partnered with schools, families, community institutions, and other leaders to provide thousands of the Region’s high school students with the social, cultural, emotional, and informational support they need to continue their education. With ARC support, AHEN has created ten Centers located across the Region which conduct a wide range of services including peer-mentoring, college visit days, and other activities. At this year’s AHEN annual conference, representatives from the Centers and other community partners shared best practices for building stronger networks and leveraging more joint resources to help Appalachia’s rural students go to college. As part of the Conference, the U.S. Department of Education also held a listening session on the specific challenges that rural students and communities face when considering post-secondary education opportunities.
Dennis Bega (left) and Michael Chamberlain (right) of the U.S. Department of Education join ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and ARC Program Manager Emela Halilovic at the AHEN Summit.
Dennis Bega (left) and Michael Chamberlain (right) of the U.S. Department of Education join ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and ARC Program Manager Emela Halilovic at the AHEN Summit.


SOAR Summit
Pikeville, KY
August 3–4
2017 Tenn-Tom Waterway Opportunities Conference
Point Clear, AL
August 28–31
2017 West Virginia Brownfields Conference and Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit
Morgantown, WV
September 12–14
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) 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.
Appalachian Regional Commission
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Washington, DC 20009-1068

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