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ARC NEWS ROUNDUP  |  September 23, 2021  |  VOLUME 6, ISSUE 38

Coal Communities Share Revitalization Ideas 💡

Last week, ARC announced $46.4 million in POWER Initiative awards during our virtual eventNew Opportunities for Appalachia's Coal Communities.

During the discussion, POWER partners from across the Region shared stories and insights from their work in coal-impacted economies.

Recreating Vibrant Downtowns 🏘️

The Appalachian Impact Fund supports "small businesses and entrepreneurship, social enterprises in promising sectors, and affordable housing" as part of revitalization efforts.  

Lora Smith, Appalachian Impact Fund and Appalachian Funders Network Steering Committee
Strengthening Emerging Sectors 📈

"Climate change is a defining economic opportunity. Central Appalachia is positioned to be a leader...We can grow local food, reclaim mine lands, and lead on climate resilience."

Brandon Dennison, Coalfield Development Corporation
Expanding Broadband Access 🌐

"The real value in broadband is actually the bandwidth. To enable remote working and entrepreneurship, we have to bring in bandwidth.”

Jason Roberts, Region One Planning & Development Council
Fostering Entrepreneurship 👩🏻‍💼

“Technical assistance in the form of funding and cost sharing allows entrepreneurs to scale their businesses...and ultimately employ others.”

Jina Belcher, New River Gorge Regional Development Authority.
Building a Competitive Workforce 🧑🏽‍🏭 

“Leadership that’s supported with capital and expertise is critically important, and we need investment at scale so that leaders have the resources necessary to build employment that connects to real capital flow.”

Jim King, Fahe

Meet ARC's 2021 POWER Grantees 👋

The $46.4 million announced last week is the POWER Initiative's largest investment to date. 

A majority of those projects will build broadband and critical infrastructure, expand tourism through nature and culture, and continue training and placing Appalachian workers. 

Get to know some of our partners ⬇️
Appalachian Voices

WV Community Development Hub
Baileys Trail System

Frostburg State University
A new evaluation on ARC's POWER Initiative has found that closed projects exceed targets in many areas, including: 
  • Participants served - 43,259 (625%)
  • Students served - 95,188 (141%)
  • Jobs retained - 9,127 (206%) 
  • Businesses created - 1,230 (173%)
  • Businesses improved - 5,506 (141%)  

Appalachian Governors Envision the Region

Each week leading up to Appalachia Envisioned, Appalachia's 13 governors are sharing their visions for creating opportunities and resilience in the Region. This bipartisan project, led by ARC's 2020 States' Co-Chair Governor Ralph Northam, was launched in early July. Through the first week of October, Appalachia will hear from every governor and ARC's Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. This week, Governor Hochul shared her vision.

Revitalizing the New York's Southern Tier with the help of the Appalachian Regional Commission

New York’s Southern Tier region is part of the rich, geographically diverse fabric that makes up New York State. It is home to highly sought after educational institutions, a mix of innovative industries, more than 5,300 farms and nearly 5 million acres of forestland that contribute to climate mitigation and the state’s $22 billion forest industry. The largely rural Southern Tier has been experiencing a resurgence over the past several years... fueled in part by ARC.

Two Weeks Left to Register for Appalachia Envisioned!

Don't miss out! Join the nearly 1,000 Appalachians who have already registered for Appalachia Envisioned: A New Era of Opportunity, a virtual conference co-hosted by ARC and the Commonwealth of Virginia on October 6.

Attendees will be the first to see ARC’s new strategic plan, and hear stories and success strategies on outdoor recreation, entrepreneurship development, and leadership and community capacity.

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Job Opportunities

Join the ARC team! We’re seeking candidates for the following positions to support our mission:

Appalachia In The News

POWER Initiative Clips

ARC Awards $46.4 Million in POWER GrantsNews Express, Pikeville, KY

Wallace State Receives $23K From Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Initiative, The Cullman Times, Cullman, AL

Revitalizing the Southern Tier With Help From the Appalachian Regional CommissionThe Exponent Telegram, Clarksburg, WV

Appalachian Community Capital Announces $1.5M Technical Assistance GrantHighland County Press, Hillsboro, OH

Boettner, Dennison: A Stronger ARC is Key to Good Jobs, Charleston Gazette Mail, Charleston, WV

Map of the Appalachian Region

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.
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