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A weekly snapshot of news, announcements, and other tidbits from the Appalachian Regional Commission
ARC NEWS ROUNDUP  |  August 5, 2021  |  VOLUME 6, ISSUE 31

Appalachian Farmers Markets: Creating Resilience
in Communities

This week, ARC is celebrating National Farmers Market Week by highlighting the incredible work our partners and farmers are doing to maintain a resilient local economy, preserve farmland, and keep rural Appalachian traditions alive. ARC is happy to be a part of these projects that provide opportunities for local producers and businesses, while fostering community pride and connection at their tables.
ACEnet: Empowering Local Food Entrepreneurs 

The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) provides support to entrepreneurs in 32 counties across Appalachian Ohio, four Farmers Markets, and the Ohio Farmers Market Management Network. ACEnet also manages the Athens Food Ventures Center licensed shared-use kitchen, the Nelsonville Food Hub distribution center, and the Food & Farm Enterprise Center in Nelsonville that houses licensed meat and produce processing facilities. 
West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition: Growing Local Food Opportunities

West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition (WVFFC) helps farmers thrive by making the most of foodshed development and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Stretch. SNAP Stretch recipients can double and triple their benefits while shopping at participating markets. In 2020, $825,000 was invested in the local economy as a result of SNAP Stretch.
Sprouting Farms: Supporting the Future of Farming 

Sprouting Farms grows Southern West Virginia’s local food systems through education, resource sharing, land access, and food production. Sprouting Farms also established an on-site farm stand in Talcott, WV to manage sales and allow farmers to focus on production, harvesting, and other needs.
Community Farm Alliance: Making Farmers Markets Stronger 

Community Farm Alliance (CFA) has worked for 36 years to help Kentucky communities, farmers markets, and producers. Through their Farmers Market Support Program (FMSP), CFA provides Kentucky farmers markets with the tools, resources, and networks needed to provide a sustainable, profitable market outlet for farmers. As part of the FSMP, CFA also helps markets fund a market manager by helping recruit vendors and oversee, promote, and grow the market.

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 collaborative and bipartisan project, led by ARC's 2020 States' Co-Chair Governor Ralph Northam, launched in early July with his op-ed below. Through the first week of October, 34 newspapers from New York to Mississippi will hear from every governor and ARC's Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. 

Strategic investments in Appalachia help make Pa. best place to live, work, play

In Pennsylvania, we have one of the largest rural populations in the nation, so we know that a vibrant rural community is a place of opportunity. We need to offer both young and mature workers the education necessary to gain the skills needed to access family-sustaining jobs, and we need to invest in infrastructure and our communities to sustain growth and entrepreneurial development.

$300 Million Available for Coal-Impacted Communities

Last week, U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced its plan to invest $3 billion in communities through the American Rescue Plan. Through EDA’s "Coal Communities Commitment," $300 million of that funding will go directly to areas recovering from both COVID-19 and transitioning from coal-based economies.

This exciting funding opportunity is in partnership with President Biden's Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities, of which ARC's Federal Co-Chair is a member. The IWG will soon be holding listening sessions in coal communities across the country, some of which will be in Appalachia. Check out their new website, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, for updates. 

ONE DAY LEFT to Apply for Nonprofit Resource Center Technical Assistance!

Focusing on post-pandemic sustainability, the deadline for ARC's Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center (ANRC) round of nonprofit technical assistance is quickly approaching! Participants have the option to focus on Financial Management, Fundraising, Programs and Operations, or Board Development as their 10-week curriculum. Nonprofits have the option to suggest three to four organizations be considered as a cohort; however, all organizations must apply individually.

The deadline for applications is August 6, 2021!

ARC Issues RFP for Education and Workforce Development Projects

ARC has issued a request for proposals from consultants to assess the extent to which ARC’s education and workforce development grants have contributed to the achievement of ARC’s strategic goals. Education and workforce development grants support skill development and workforce training for students and adults with the aim of creating a seamless system enabling Appalachians to succeed in existing industries, expanding options for workers transitioning into different sectors, and encouraging innovation for future opportunities.

Proposals should be submitted as one Word or PDF file to Regina Van Horne (rvanhorne@arc.gov), Program Evaluator Division of Research & Evaluation, by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on August 9, 2021.

Visit our Q&A page for any additional guidance.

ARC Seeks Partner for Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy Development

ARC is accepting proposals from organizations within the Region to work in partnership with ARC on the programming, curriculum development, and execution for the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA). Submitted proposals should describe a strategy for developing a residential summer camp experience for approximately 26 high school students on a college campus in the Appalachian Region.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. ET, September 3 and should be submitted via a PDF copy as one document to academies@arc.gov.   

Job Opportunities

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

Appalachia In The News

West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network to Host Annual Statewide ConferenceMy Buckhannon, Buckhannon, WV

Calhoun Wins $115k Grant from the ARC, Calhoun Community College, Decatur, AL

Taking Back Appalachian Forests, One Bee at a TimeThe New York Times

Rural Tennessee Is Losing More Hospitals Than Anywhere in the Country, but Covid-19 Isn’t Fully to BlameThe Daily Yonder, Knoxville, TN

Maryland Farmers’ Market Week Kicks Off This WeekCBS Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

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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