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ARC NEWS ROUNDUP  |  September 30, 2021  |  VOLUME 6, ISSUE 39

ARC Announces 2021-2022 Appalachian
Leadership Institute Fellows

This week, ARC announced 40 Fellows selected for the third class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute. The Class of 2021-2022 represents each of Appalachia’s 13 states and includes CEOs, community coaches, economic development leaders, Affrilachian artists, professors, and other professionals who live and/or work in Appalachia. 

Over the next nine months, they'll learn from experts and each other, grow their skills, and ultimately become more empowered to address our Region’s greatest challenges. 

New Class, New Look

The Appalachian Leadership Institute recently unveiled a new logo and suite of web pages on our website.

Check out for more!

Department of Labor Awards $14.5+ Million to Appalachian Workforce Projects

The U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with ARC, awarded $14.5 million to 11 projects through the Workforce Opportunities for Rural Communities Initiative. Recipients will use funds to provide education, training, and career support services across the Region.

Congratulations to the Appalachian awardees:
  • Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization
  • Volunteers of America Mid-States Inc.
  • Research Foundation of SUNY
  • Haywood Community College
  • McDowell Technical Community College
  • Corporation For Ohio Appalachian Development
  • Muskingum University
  • Ohio Valley Employment Resource
  • Pennsylvania State University-University Park
  • Roane State Community College
  • Marshall University Research Corp

Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center Begins
Fall Trainings

The Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center (ANRC) has launched its third set of courses for nonprofit training.

For the next 10 weeks, participants from 12 ARC states will collaborate through courses discussing funding opportunities and grant navigation. Participants in the Fall instruction include 5 POWER grantees, 2 INSPIRE grantees, 15 alumni from the inaugural nonprofit training last year, and 23 new applicants. Visit ANRC's website to access free resources, even if you're not part of the cohort.

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 McMaster shared his vision.

ARC Supports South Carolina Upstate’s Continued Prosperity 

In South Carolina, the northwestern counties of Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Pickens, Oconee, and Spartanburg are within the Appalachian Region, which 1.2 million South Carolinians call home. The abundance of natural resources provides a wealth of recreational opportunities [and] a robust tourism economy…generating $2.3 billion in annual visitor spending.

Less Than One Week Left to Register for Appalachia Envisioned!

Don't miss out! Join more than 1,000 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 on October 6.

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

Nearly $5M in ARC Funding Awarded for Water Infrastructure Projects Throughout West VirginiaWV News, Clarksburg, WV

Governor Ivey, Local and School Leaders Break Ground on New Fort Payne BEAT CenterWAFF 48, Huntsville, AL

Columbiana Port Authority Moves Forward with Innovation Hub ProjectThe Business Journal, Youngstown, OH

Appalachian Regional Commission Comes to SWVA Oct. 4The Times News, Kingsport, TN

Hatchery Opening Invites New OpportunitiesThe Gannon Knight, Erie, PA

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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