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ARC NEWS ROUNDUP  |  September 9, 2021  |  VOLUME 6, ISSUE 36

Back to School with 2021 Appalachian
Teaching Project Participants

For nearly 21 years, ARC's Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) has allowed students to spend a semester conducting research and creating economic development projects to address issues in their community. At least 2,350 students from 29 Appalachian institutions have participated since 2001, responding to economic issues ranging from downtown revitalization and tourism development, to water quality, food insecurity, and the opioid crisis.
This year, however, is the first time a competitive application process was used to select participating schools.

We're thrilled to announce the 17 educational institutions selected to participate in our 2021 ATP program!

Participating students will spend the fall developing their projects and meet in December to present their findings to other schools. 
“The ATP builds the next generation of leaders through hands-on, applicable work to help solve real problems in our communities,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin, who herself has a long-standing career in education. 

ATP is coordinated by East Tennessee State University’s Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Services (ETSU) and supported by ARC.

This week, ETSU published a look back at 20 years of ATP. 

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Coal Community Revitalization 📈

ARC is excited to partner with President Biden's Interagency Working Group on Revitalizing Coal and Power Plant Communities (IWG) to host New Opportunities for Coal Communities on Thursday September 16, 9:30 am-12:00 pm.

This virtual event will bring Matewan, West Virginia - a community in the heart of coal-impacted Appalachia - to attendees through videos and ideas shared by community members themselves. Following this virtual tour, ARC POWER partners from West Virginia and Kentucky will share strategies and stories to help communities across the Region continue strengthening coal-impacted economies.
Finally, we'll be announcing ARC's 2021 POWER Initiative award recipients. 
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The Journey to Recovery in Appalachia

This week, and every week, ARC partners are addressing the substance abuse crisis and helping their communities recover. If you're looking for ideas, check out some of the latest work in West Virginia and Ohio.
Fruits of Labor

Fruits of Labor, Inc., an ARC INSPIRE partner, provides culinary and agricultural training, support services, and employment for Appalachians in recovery. They recently opened a new café in Alderson, WV, resulting in six new hires. All but two of the café employees are in recovery. 

This week, ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin joined their team in Beckley to visit the Zen Café, another location they plan to use for recovery-to-work. 

Learn more about their nationally-certified model for skill training, their Communities of Healing program, and online bakery.
Ironton-Lawrence Community Action Organization

The Ironton-Lawrence Community Action Organization's (ILCAO) Recovery to Work program uses ARC support to train and employ individuals in recovery, while also providing mental health treatment, anger management, parenting classes, and more.

"It pretty much saved my life," said program participant Jessica Stapleton. 

WOUB Public Media has more on a recent ARC visit to ILCAO.
West Virginia Chamber

Using support from ARC, the West Virginia Chamber has created a toolkit to help communities build drug responsible workplaces.

Resources include modules on preventing substance abuse, responding to substance use disorder in employees, and supporting individuals on their recovery journeys. 

Check out their toolkit.

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 bipartisan project, led by ARC's 2020 States' Co-Chair Governor Ralph Northam, was launched in early July. Through the first week of October, Appalachia will hear from every governor and ARC's Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. This week, Governor Beshear shared his vision.

Eastern Kentucky’s Economy is Accelerating

Kentucky’s economy is on fire, with economic momentum in every corner of the commonwealth. One region with potential we can’t ignore is Eastern Kentucky, specifically in our Appalachian counties. With investments in industries like agritech and manufacturing, strong fiscal management and upgrades to critical infrastructure, Eastern Kentucky is ready to soar.

Register for Appalachia Envisioned on Oct. 6!

Don't miss out! Join the 700 Appalachians who have already registered for Appalachia Envisioned: A New Era of Opportunity, a virtual conference co-hosted by ARC and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Attendees will be the first to see ARC’s new strategic plan, and hear stories and success strategies on outdoor recreation, entrepreneurship development, and leadership and community capacity.

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Job Opportunities

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

Appalachia In The News

City of Moulton Receives Grant for Sewer Improvements, WHNT, Huntsville, AL

Capito, Cook: Finding Better Health Outcomes for West Virginians, Charleston Gazette Mail, Charleston, WV

Building a Drug Responsible WorkplaceWest Virginia Chamber, Charleston, WV 

Kentucky Power, AEP Foundation provide grant to BRIGHT ProgramWTVQ, Lexington, KY

New College Loan Forgiveness Program Seeks to Address Shortage of Mental Health Practitioners in Rural W.Va.WV Public Broadcasting, Charleston, WV

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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