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April 14, 2022  |  Volume 7, Issue 15
Join Us for Stop #2 of the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow! 

ARC is hitting the road again with our Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow! On Tuesday, May 3, join us for Stop #2: Building Culture & Tourism.

Attendees will take a video tour of Jackson County, North Carolina and its neighbor, the Qualla Boundary, home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

ARC partners from North CarolinaKentuckyTennessee, and West Virginia will share success strategies for creative placemaking, preserving and promoting outdoor assets, building tourism ecosystems, and more.

ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin will also speak with Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina and Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia about the impact of culture and tourism investments in their states. 

Learn more and register for the event below!
Appalachian Center for Economic Networks 
  • Location: Athens, Ohio
  • Community Need: Growing the regional economy by supporting entrepreneurs and strengthening economic sectors.
  • Solution: In 1985, a small group of community members committed to economic justice and building a healthy regional economy in Appalachian Ohio created ACEnet, an ARC partner in various capacities for over 25 years.
  • Grants Received: Nearly $775,000 throughout their partnership with ARC 
  • Outcomes: ACEnet has helped create a just and healthy economy by working across a variety of sectors to offer the following facilities: Athens Business Incubator, Athens Food Ventures Center, Nelsonville Business Center, and the Nelsonville Food & Farm Enterprise Center
  • ARC's Federal Co-Chair was in Athens yesterday with ARC partner Central Appalachian Network and toured the Nelsonville Food Hub!
  • Learn how ACEnet helped strengthen local food systems to support Appalachian communities through COVID-19 here.
Spring Opportunities and Resources
Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky

The new L.I.F.T. Fund is helping Eastern Kentucky organizations applying for federal grants - including POWER - find match dollars.

Startup Appalachia Pitch Competition

SOAR’s competition will be held on June 23 as part of the FOCUS Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Apply here.

Opportunities for Direct Sales at Farmers Markets Webinar

ARC partners ACEnet and Rural Action will discuss trends, designing booths to optimize sales, and connecting with customers.
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 by April 29, 2022
Tell ARC How You Use Our Research, Maps, and Data!  
ARC's Research and Evaluation Team is working to to assess how people use our research, maps, and data!

We'd love to know more about what your needs are and how we can address them moving forward. What types of research do you find most valuable? How do you use our research in your own work?

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and will close tomorrow, April 15.
Opportunity Appalachia Applications Due April 15
Opportunity Appalachia (OA) provides targeted support for downtown and rural development projects that revitalize local economies. 

Pictured above, the Tygart Hotel in Elkins, West Virginia just received $16+ million in financing to restore the structure and serve as an anchor for economic growth.

An OA program expansion will assist 40 communities with a range of technical assistance, including market assessment, business plan development, and more.

The online application form found here must be submitted by tomorrow, April 15. 
ARC Annual Conference Call for Programs
What programming would you like to see at ARC's Annual Conference in October?

We want your ideas for innovative, engaging sessions that will help attendees strengthen their Appalachian communities. It could be a panel discussion, workshop, or new session format that would help you better serve and strengthen the region.

Submit your pitch idea below by Friday, April 22.

Appalachian Health Leadership Forum
May 6-7, 2022

ANRC Webinar - Your Most Important Asset: Recruiting & Retaining Nonprofit Talent
May 12, 2022

All Events

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