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In the Region This Week: February 16
"Gateway communities" target natural, cultural assets for sustainable-tourism action plans; Appalachian small businesses gear up for growth through Goldman Sachs training program; western North Carolina helps rural agritourism opportunities take root. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

Appalachian Gateway Communities 2017 Regional Workshop flyer
Applications Due March 24 for ARC-NEA Gateway Communities Technical Assistance Workshop
The May 9-11 workshop in Ringgold, Georgia, will help teams from Appalachian "gateway communities" develop sustainable action plans for capitalizing on their area's unique natural and cultural-heritage resources.  Learn more and apply

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Is Named 2017 ARC States' Co-Chair
Chosen by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the Commission's 2017 states' co-chair, Wolf will work directly with the ARC federal co-chair in the leadership role.  Press release

In the Region This Week: February 9
Shoals Innovation Week promotes idea sharing among Alabama entrepreneurs; Appalachia Funders Network gathering highlights promising sectors for economic transition in Central Appalachia; new "digital innovation hubs" will fast-track training for tech jobs in eastern Kentucky. Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

Applications Open for 2017 Summer STEM Programs for Appalachian Students and Teachers
ARC and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute for high school students and teachers, and the 2017 Summer Science Academy for middle school students. Both are hands-on residential STEM programs at ORNL in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Learn about the program curricula and how to apply at

ARC Announces $26 Million to Strengthen Appalachia's Coal-Impacted Economy
On January 19, ARC announced $26 million in investments to diversify economies in coal-impacted communities in five Appalachian states. The 31 awards will allow communities to train more than 7,300 workers and students in certificate, credentialing, and other workforce development programs, and create or retain more than 2.500 jobs in the Region. These awards build on the $47 million ARC has invested since 2015 to help diversify economies in the Region's coal-impacted communities.   Press release

ARC Releases Toolkit to Help Rural Communities Expand Broadband Service
The Broadband Planning Primer and Toolkit offers information and resources to guide rural Appalachian communities as they undertake broadband planning and implementation efforts.  Press release and toolkit

Study to Evaluate Highway System's Impact on the Appalachian Economy
An ARC study will look at how the Appalachian Development Highway System's development has affected economic growth in Appalachia, as well as the future economic benefits and costs of completing the system. The first volume of the study, which summarizes previously published ADHS impact studies, is now available; the full report will be published in early 2017.  Read volume 1