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January 6, 2022  |  Volume 7, Issue 1
ARC Welcomes Governor Larry Hogan as 2022 States' Co-Chair
This week, ARC was pleased to announce that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has been selected to serve as our states’ co-chair for 2022.

Governor Hogan will be working collaboratively with all 13 Appalachian states and the ARC federal office to advance the strategic investment priorities in ARC’s 2022-2026 Strategic Plan.

During FY 2021, ARC invested more than $163 million in the Region, which is projected to leverage an additional $1.04 billion in private investments, create or retain nearly 21,000 jobs, and train over 25,000 students, workers, and leaders in new skills across Appalachia.

We look forward to continuing this work in 2022 with Governor Hogan!
ARC's Full Strategic Plan is Now Available!
ARC is excited to release the digital version of our 2022-2026 Strategic Plan!

Appalachia Envisioned is rooted in feedback from nearly 2,000 ARC partners, state and local leaders, and community members. Read more about the challenges and opportunities we heard from stakeholders, and the resulting goals, objectives, and guiding principles that will guide ARC investments. In each of our five investment areas, you'll also find examples of successful projects that are transforming their communities.
Opportunity Appalachia
Attend the Webinar: Opportunity Appalachia is expanding! The program is anticipated to assist 40 additional communities with structure investments in real estate projects that support economic revitalization and diversification. Selected communities will each access $30,000 - $75,000 in technical assistance.

Please join the 2022 Program Launch webinar on Tuesday, January 25th at 1:00 pm to learn more. ARC's Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin will serve as a keynote speaker, alongside other experts. 
Getting Outdoors in the New Year 🌲
Learn in Outdoor Classrooms

McDowell County, WV is using $565,000 in federal stimulus funds to build outdoor classrooms at five different schools.
Accessible Recreation in PA

A new recreation and fishing area was built with disabled residents in mind in Somerset Township, PA. 

Visit WV's First Dark Sky Park

Watoga State Park has new opportunities for astronomy tourism and nocturnal wildlife observation.
Community Capacity-Building Pilot: Bank of Credits
ARC seeks proposals from qualified organizations to provide assistance to communities deploying American Rescue Plan Act Local Fiscal Recovery Fund dollars.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on January 14, 2022.

SOAR's POWER Grant Kickoff
January 20, 2022

2022 Opportunity Appalachia Program Launch
January 25, 2022

Mini SOAR Summit
March 7-8, 2022

2021 Outdoor Economy Conference: Stewards of Opportunity
April 4-7, 2022

All Events

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