On January 10–11, 2017, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) hosted more than 140 grantees, partners, and other community leaders in Washington, D.C., to discuss best practices for implementing POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) grant awards and diversifying Appalachia’s coal-impacted economy.
In 2016, 14 colleges and universities from 11 Appalachian states participated in the ARC-supported Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) which gives college students the opportunity to engage in research that addresses endemic challenges facing Appalachian communities. Led by the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, the ATP program includes coursework and active research on issues related to building a sustainable future for Appalachian communities.
Faculty and students at participating schools design and carry out research projects tailored to the needs of targeted communities, many of which are in economically distressed counties. The research projects are then presented at an ATP conference held each year in Washington, D.C.
The 2016 research teams and their topics were:
Alfred State College: "Connecting Downtown to the River: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Wellsville, New York"
Appalachian State University: "Linking Natural and Cultural Assets in the Upper New River Valley"
Auburn University: "Building Capacity and Gaining Public Knowledge through Deliberative Forums"
East Tennessee State University: "A Railroad Town without a Railroad: The Changing Cultural Landscape of Erwin, Tennessee"
Fairmont State University: "Routes to Roots: A Fairmont Heritage Trail"
Indiana University of Pennsylvania: "Adventure Learning Trail: Public History in Indiana, Pennsylvania"
Mississippi University for Women: "Passport Week 2016: A Children's Guide to Columbus"
Morehead State University: "Economic Development in Appalachian Kentucky: Perception, Reality, and Reimagining Our Region"
Radford University: "Local, State, Regional, and National Partnerships to Build Community Capacity and Diversified Coalfield Economies in Southwest Virginia"
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College: "Higher Ground and Appalachian Studies Class 2016"
University of North Georgia: "Scrolling through History: A Moving Panorama as Interpretive Model for the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center"
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford: "Bradford Community Immunization Access Assessment"
University of Tennessee: "A LOT for Innovation: Downtown Revitalization through Community and Youth Engagement"
Zane State College: "Appalachian Impact Seminar: Zane State College Education Program"
The playlist below includes videos of these student teams presenting their research at the 2016 ATP annual conference, held December 2-3.
To learn more about the Appalachian Teaching Project, visit www.arc.gov/ATP.
More than 400 economic development and community leaders joined in ARC's 2016 annual conference in Johnson City, Tennessee, to explore how Appalachia's rural communities are building strong, resilient economies and new opportunity for the Region's future.
Drawing on themes outlined in ARC's five-year strategic plan, presenters led discussions on rural entrepreneurship, infrastructure development, workforce training, and strategies for leveraging cultural and natural assets. The closing session focused on the vision and strategies Appalachia's next generation of leaders have for the Region’s future.
This playlist includes videos of each of the five conference sessions. To learn more about the conference, visit www.arc.gov/conference.
In March 2016, the Obama administration announced the availability of $65.8 million through the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative to help coal-impacted communities transform and revitalize their economies. To help Appalachian communities prepare to apply for assistance, ARC held a series of webinars on POWER grant opportunities and the grant application process. Videos of all of the webinars are available on this playlist.