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ARC NEWS ROUNDUP  |  August 26, 2021  |  VOLUME 6, ISSUE 34

Registration is Now Open for Appalachia Envisioned 🎉

Join us on October 6 for Appalachia Envisioned, a virtual conference co-hosted by ARC and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Attendees will be the first to see ARC’s new strategic plan during a conversation with ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin and States’ Co-Chair Governor Ralph Northam. This plan will use feedback from 1,500+ Appalachians to guide ARC’s 2022-2026 investments.

Appalachia Envisioned will also feature stories and success strategies through three documentary-style videos and interactive sessions on recreation, entrepreneurship development, and leadership and community capacity.

Registration Instructions

We’re excited to host this conference through Airmeet, which will allow virtual networking, in-conference chatting, and more. 

Please read these instructions and register!
  1. Click the button below to access the Appalachia Envisioned Airmeet portal.
  2. Once in the portal, click the blue button that says "Register for this event."
  3. You’ll receive an email from Airmeet confirming your registration – click the link in that email to complete your registration.
  4. Enter your information to officially create your Airmeet account.
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Bringing the Region to You

ARC is thrilled to partner with Mountain Craft Productions to share the stories of Appalachian communities through video.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at some of the shoots for #AppalachiaEnvisioned.

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 DeWine shared his vision.

Moving Appalachia Ohio Forward

In Ohio, we are making access to broadband internet a priority. Projects throughout the region received Appalachian Region Commission POWER funding, and in 2020, Ohio projects totaled $2.68 million in awards. Through the Office of BroadbandOhio, we are taking a local, collaborative approach, engaging local leaders and industry partners. We know what works in Marietta may not work in Coshocton, but together, we can find the right solutions.

Proposals for Community Capacity-Building Pilot Program Due Tomorrow

Communities across the country are still recovering from the negative impact of COVID-19. To accelerate the recovery, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has made unprecedented funding available to Appalachian communities. ARC invites proposals from qualified organizations to design and execute several trainings that seek to help Local Development Districts (LDDs) and local elected officials navigate strategically deploying ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery dollars into their respective communities.

Questions regarding all things RFP? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for answers.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. ET tomorrow, August 27 and should be submitted as one PDF or Word document to

Check out the RFP for more information.

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   

$3M Available for Connected Community Pilot Projects

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has issued a Call for Pilots for Connected Communities. Connected Communities are towns, main streets, neighborhoods, and cities that use technology and share information to enable equitable access to new and improved services for all people.

Approximately $3 million will be available to fund projects in three focus areas: equitable access to services, economic empowerment, and energy and environmental justice.

At least one pilot per focus area will be funded, and the maximum award amount will be $1 million per pilot. 

For more information, watch this video, visit their website, or contact TVA .

Job Opportunities

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

Appalachia In The News

Accessing, Deploying Funds to Support Coal-Impacted CommunitiesThe Register-Herald, Beckley, WV

Attalla Receives Grant to Improve Sewer SystemThe Gadsden Times, Gadsden, AL

Education, Job Training and A Future -- Pointing A Path Forward for Young People in W.Va.West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Charleston, WV

Grant will Help ASD Get More Fresh Healthy Produce to SchoolsKingsport Times News, Kingsport, TN

Almost $1.2 Million in Grants Help Legal Services Fight Opioid CasesWTVQ, Lexington, 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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