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April 28, 2022  |  Volume 7, Issue 17
Join Us for Stop #2 on the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow!

The Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow, a five-part virtual series highlighting economic and community growth in all 13 Appalachian states, continues with Stop #2 next Tuesday, May 3.

There's still time to register! We have a great agenda showcasing culture and tourism, including:

  • A discussion led by ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin with Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee, and Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia.

  • A virtual tour of outdoor recreation and culture in Western North Carolina, home to Jackson County and the Qualla Boundary.

  • Live panels with tourism leaders from North CarolinaKentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia sharing their successes building regional culture and tourism.
You don't want to miss this! Learn more and register below. 
Accelerating Outdoors: Outdoor Recreation Powering Economic Growth & Recovery
  • Location: Asheville, North Carolina
  • Community Need: Help coal-impacted and rural communities fully harness the positive economic potential of the outdoor recreation sector
  • Solution: The project features an integrated program that offers capital access and technical assistance for local businesses; trains workers to meet the employment needs of the industry; strengthens regional outdoor recreation branding to enhance market access for the cluster; and builds the capacity of communities to develop, attract, and support outdoor recreation businesses.
  • Grants Received: $1.35 million through an ARC POWER grant
  • Outcomes: The project is expected to create 25 businesses, yield 180 new jobs, and leverage $8.1 million in private investment.
  • Hear Mountain Bizworks Live!
  • Learn more about ARC partners working in outdoor recreation at Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow next Tuesday, May 3! Noah Wilson, Director of Sector Development at Mountain BizWorks, will join us to moderate our panel conversations.
Join Appalachian Leaders Next Week to Talk Tourism
Join the Appalachian Leadership Institute for “Let’s Talk Tourism: A Conversation with Appalachian Leaders,” a Facebook Live discussion featuring current fellows and alumni working to build and advance tourism in Appalachia.

Applications for the 2022-2023 class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute are now open and due by June 1! Click below for more information on the application process.
This Week in Appalachia
Focus Forward: West Virginia's New Narrative

Focus Forward showcased stories of innovation in government and industry including a keynote address from ARC's Federal Co-Chair!

It's Energy Communities Week!

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities & Economic Revitalization, of which ARC is a proud member, is helping strengthen and diversify economies. 

Appalachian Nursing Academy

SOAR announced a partnership with the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Office of Health Equity to host the first-ever Appalachian Nursing Academy this summer. 
POWER Initiative Accepting Proposals From Appalachian Coal Communities
ARC has 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.

For more insights on the application process and key points in the RFP, watch the recording of our Pre-Application Workshop here

For entities that submitted LOIs, final applications are due this Friday, April 29, 2022
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, assisting workers obtain new opportunities in rural communities. 

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