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December 9, 2021  |  Volume 6, Issue 47
ARC POWER and INSPIRE Grantees Meet for Virtual Convening
On Tuesday, ARC's POWER and INSPIRE grantees joined a virtual convening providing guidance and training for our newest awardees. They had an opportunity to hear lessons learned by previous POWER and INSPIRE grants and met with their project coordinators.

"To those beginning your POWER and INSPIRE journeys, I’m cheering you on and sending my support," said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. "I encourage you to learn and connect with your fellow grantees as much as you can for their help in building opportunities throughout the region."

ARC is also excited to add five additional POWER grantees to this year's award package, bringing our grand total to 62 awards across 196 coal-impacted counties receiving a total of nearly $52 million.

Congrats to Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and Russell County in Virginia; Wayne County Commissioners in West Virginia, and the Towns of Caton and Dryden in New York. 🎉
Pikeville Medical Center Opens New Children's Hospital
  • Grantee: Pikeville Medical Center 

  • Location: Pikeville, KY

  • Community Need: Eastern Kentucky families would travel to Lexington or Louisville - around three to five hours away -  to receive care for their children.

  • Solution: Pikeville Medical Center proposed to construct and equip a new facility to provide health care for the over 100,000 children in 23 counties across Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia.

  • Grants Received:  $2+ million in ARC POWER funding

  • Local Partners: University of Pikeville, Big Sandy Community and Technical College

  • Outcomes: PMC opened the Drs. R.V. and Jyothi Mettu Children’s Hospital, the first in the region, on December 2. The project will create 50 permanent jobs, while retaining over 100 other pediatric medical and non-medical staff.
Explore Nature and Culture this Holiday Season 🎄
Check Out Bailey's Trail System

Bailey's Trail System's site and social feeds are filled with holiday shopping ideas, updates on new trails, pictures of cool local bike clubs, and more. 
Catch a Show at Mercer County Theater 

This historic West Virginia theater recently hosted their first live performance in almost 40 years!

Visit Chillicothe, Ohio

This Appalachian town was recently named one of Ohio Magazine's Best Hometowns of the Year. 
Community Capacity-Building Pilot: Bank of Credits
ARC seeks proposals from qualified organizations to provide assistance to communities deploying American Rescue Plan Act Local Fiscal Recovery Fund dollars.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on January 14, 2022.

2021 Outdoor Economy Conference: Stewards of Opportunity
April 4-7, 2022

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