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March 3, 2022  |  Volume 7, Issue 9
Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow Highlights Workforce Development Successes
ARC hit the road on Tuesday for Stop #1 of the Appalachia Envisioned RoadshowThis virtual five-part event series showcases communities, local voices, challenges, and success strategies from all 13 Appalachian states as they bring ARC's 2022-2026 investment priorities to life. 

Attendees heard from community members and economic development experts who are creating and expanding workforce ecosystems in Appalachian Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. ARC's 2022 States' Co-Chair Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland also spoke with ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin about strengthening the workforce in his state. 

Watch all of Stop #1 below and save the date for Stop #2: Building Culture and Tourism in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
Western Maryland Works
  • Location: Cumberland, Maryland
  • Community Need: Manufacturing is critical to Maryland's economy and employers struggle to find qualified candidates with advanced technical skills. Additionally, economic disruptions, like the 131-year-old Verso Paper Mill shutting down, created serious need for workforce training and job placement.  
  • Solution: The Western Maryland Works Makerspace provides education and training with state-of-the-art technological tools and programs designed specifically for existing and emerging job opportunities.
  • Grants Received: $100,000+
  • Outcomes: This grant expanded the current machinist training program to provide the proper skills to meet the workforce demands of local employers.
  • Machinist training is one of many opportunities available in the Western Maryland Works Makerspace. On Stop #1 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow, Outreach Coordinator David Smarik discussed how the Makerspace was critical for dislocated workers, like Gregory Moreland.
Workforce Development in Action
SOAR Hosts Healthcare Career Pathway Fair

More than 700 students attended the first-ever regional event to learn about the potential of healthcare careers and combatting worker shortage.

ETSU Professor Uses INSPIRE Grant to Help Veterans

A medical professor received a $49,000 ARC INSPIRE grant to plan a Northeast Tennessee alliance supporting veterans recovering from substance use disorder.

The Wilds Are Working: Recreation and Technology in Rural PA

PA Wilds campaign encourages remote workers to relocate to rural communities.
Deadline Extended for Summer Learning Opportunities
ARC is extending the application deadline for two summer opportunities: the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge and the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA), held at Appalachian State University. Both programs, planned for Summer 2022, are free intensive learning experiences specifically for the Region’s high school and/or middle school students and teachers.

Applications for both opportunities are now due March 18, 2022.
INSPIRE Initiative Accepting Proposals From Recovery-to-Work Programs
ARC has issued a Request for Proposals for our INvestments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative. This year, ARC is investing $10 million in recovery-to-work efforts in Appalachia.

Letters of Intent to apply are due by 5 p.m. ET today, March 3, and final applications are due March 24, 2022
POWER Initiative Accepting Proposals From Appalachian Coal Communities
Last week, ARC issued a Request for Proposals for our POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative, helping to economically diversify coal-impacted communities.

This year, ARC is investing ~$25 million in projects building entrepreneurship, broadband, workforce development, tourism, and more.

Join us for the POWER 2022 Pre-Application Workshop on March 10 at 10 am ET to better understand the application process.

Applications are due by April 29, 2022

Mini SOAR Summit
March 7-8, 2022

POWER 2022 Pre-Application Workshop
March 10, 2022

Connecting Rural and Urban Environments for Equitable Access to Transportation, Telecommunications and Energy Workshop: Sustainable Regional Systems
March 24-25, 2022

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

All Events

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