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ARC NEWS ROUNDUP  |  October 21, 2021  |  VOLUME 6, ISSUE 42

Welcome Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows!

This week, we are thrilled to host orientation for the Appalachian Leadership Institute's newest fellows! 

Over the next nine months, these leaders from all 13 Appalachian states will develop skills, hear expert speakers, exchange ideas, and ultimately be empowered to take actions that will strengthen Appalachia's future. 

During their orientation session, fellows formed teams for the duration of the program, developed visions for the Appalachian Region, took a virtual trip to Appalachian Georgia, had a fireside chat with Black in Appalachia host Dr. Enkeshi El-Amin, and more. 

Appalachia Envisioned:
Building Community Leaders and Capacity

One of the five refreshed investment priorities in ARC's new strategic plan is Building Community Leaders and Capacity.

Behind strong communities are passionate leaders with the capacity to innovate, collaborate, and create change. This is exactly why ARC launched the Appalachian Leadership Institute!

The program is designed to help leaders, from all walks of life, develop those skills.


Earlier this month, Appalachian Leadership Institute alumni joined us at ARC's Annual Conference, Appalachia Envisioned.

Watch this panel discussion to learn more about how they are taking lessons learned through the program to better serve and strengthen communities across Appalachia.  

ARC Partners Share Community Stories

ARC partners across the Region are working to build capacity in Appalachia. Check out the videos below for real time examples of how Appalachian leaders are strengthening their communities and fostering a new era of opportunity. 

In Eastern Kentucky, Shaping Our Appalachian Region is championing local projects, programs, and advocacy to rally communities filling the economic gaps left by the decline of the coal industry.

And in West Virginia, The Hub is connecting communities to the network of resources available across the state to grow the overall economic development system. This Hinton documentary showcases how the community is redefining economy building for the future.

         Shaping Our Appalachian Region          West Virginia Community Development Hub

Job Opportunities

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

Communications Coordinator

Appalachia In The News

SOAR Summit Wraps Up on Day 2WYMT, Hazard, KY

West Virginia Gov. Justice Announces $1B Broadband StrategyWVNews, Clarksburg, WV

Plans Proceed for Expanded Broadband Service in Sugar Valley, Renovo AreaThe Record, Renovo, PA

First Look: Belmont University’s “3-D Building” Will Be Its New “Front Door,” President SaysBiz Journals, Charlotte, NC,

In Elk, a Kentucky Professor Sees an Opportunity to Help Revitalize AppalachiaWKMS-FM, Murray, KY

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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