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In the Region: A weekly snapshot of news, announcements, and other tidbits from the Appalachian Regional Commission
ARC NEWS ROUNDUP  |  August 30, 2018  |  VOLUME 3, ISSUE 34

ARC SPOTLIGHT

ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas participated in the Kentucky Rural Water Association's annual conference as an ARC partner in water infrastructure across the Commonwealth.  (Photo on right: Estill County Water District No.1 Facebook)

Keeping Appalachian Kentucky’s Water Systems Flowing


For nearly 40 years, the Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) has been committed to building and maintaining safe, reliable water systems throughout the Commonwealth. Indeed, KRWA is Kentucky’s largest utility organization in the state—serving nearly 95 percent of Kentucky’s public drinking water and wastewater customers. As part of their mission, KRWA provides ongoing technical assistance, training, and support services to management and staff of local water boards. “When you go outside of Kentucky and you are talking with people, about what Kentucky is known for and what Kentucky does well, of course you are going to talk about bourbon, thoroughbred horses, and you are going to talk about college basketball,” ARC Federal Co Chair Tim Thomas told hundreds of Kentucky’s water industry professionals at the 39th annual Kentucky Rural Water Association Conference held this week. “After you have mentioned those things, you should tell them—with a sense of pride—that Kentucky is recognized as national role model for how a state can best get water service to its people.”     

KRWA is one of ARC’s partners in building and maintaining a clean, safe, and reliable water system to serve the 1.1 million people living in Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties. In the past five years alone, ARC has invested over $19 million in nearly 46 projects to build or improve water and wastewater systems in Appalachian Kentucky. These investments are serving over 44,000 households, nearly 4,000 businesses, and attracting over $59 million in additional leveraged private investment. Projects include bringing public water systems to over 200 Wiseman households in Estill County for the first time, replacing Martin County’s failing water service line and meters, and modernizing aging waterlines in Sanford. The Lincoln County Sanitation District wastewater project, which recently won a 2018 H20 Award from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, has also been supported by ARC funds. This project will bring the first sanitary sewage collection and conveyance system to the western part of Lincoln County. 

INVESTMENTS IN ACTION

Statistics about Appalachia’s education rates, as well as population, employment and income & poverty, are available in The Chartbook.

Going Back to School Across Appalachia


ARC is partnering with community colleges across the Region to get ready for another school year. For instance, in McHenry, Maryland, Garrett Community College will be opening its new STEM Building with state-of-the-art lab equipment purchased with ARC support. This includes an Anatomage 3-D virtual dissection table which will enable students preparing for careers in health care to learn more about human anatomy. With this addition, Garrett College will be the only higher education institution in Maryland to house such cutting-edge equipment.  At Jamestown Community College (JCC) in New York’s Southern Tier, ARC support is being used to modernize patient simulation training labs to ensure that graduating nurses are experienced on the same modern equipment they will encounter in clinical settings. JCC expects over 1,000 nursing students to use the updated facilities over the next three years.

Technical training and certificate programs are also using ARC support to help students succeed. For instance, South Carolina’s Spartanburg Community College is using ARC support to expand the “smart manufacturing” curriculum at the college’s Cherokee County campus. This training will focus specifically on new technology and skills needed to prepare students for the dozens of automotive-related industries in the region. Meanwhile, the Franklin County Schools Board of Education in Russellville, Alabama, is partnering with local manufacturers and the Northwest–Shoals Community College to install a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Metal Cutting Program at the Franklin County Career & Technical Center. The facility will train high school students for in-demand manufacturing jobs.

Educational attainment rates continue to improve across the Region. The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview, also known as The Chartbook, features much of the latest data about education indicators at the regional, subregional, state, and country levels and examines data change over recent years.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

ARC Seeks Candidates for Two Management Positions


ARC is recruiting for two new management positions: director of information technology to lead ARC's existing IT team and manage all IT operations, and director of business and talent development investment to manage, plan, develop, and evaluate ARC investments in accordance with the agency's strategic plan. Learn more about these positions and other job opportunities at ARC.

APPALACHIA IN THE NEWS

At a Turning Point, Salem Enjoys Renaissance, The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio

Hope for Appalachia's future; American Metal Works looking to help former coal miners, WYMT, Hazard, Kentucky

New ICC Applied Sciences building offers size, flexibility, The Daily Courier, Forest City, North Carolina
 
UPMC Cole cited for impact on community health, Genesee Country Express, Dansville, New York 
 
Revitalizing Health in Rural Appalachia, Route Fifty, Atlantic Media, 8/26/2018
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SOAR Summit 2018
Pikeville, Kentucky
August 30–31

Women & Technology Conference
Charleston, West Virginia
September 10

Appalachian Regional Commission Meeting
Tupleo, Mississippi
September 12

Appalachia Works: ARC Annual Conference
Tupleo, Mississippi
September 12–14

Brushy Fork Annual Institute
Berea, Kentucky
September 18–20

National Brownfields Leadership Summit
Washington, DC
September 25–26

EntreEd Forum
Pittsburgh, PA
September 28–30

7th TransTech Energy (TTE) Business Development Conference
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
October 23–24
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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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