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Appalachian Regional Commission

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Governor’s Office of Appalachia
77 South High Street, P.O. Box 1001
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1001 U.S.A.
(614) 644-9228
(800) 848-1300
Fax (614) 752-4575

The Governor's Office of Appalachia works with the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, D.C. and with various local entities to promote the region's assets and support initiatives that positively increase the economic activity of the region.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local governments. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county Local Development Districts, including four Local Development Districts in Ohio.

ARC funds projects that address the five goals identified by the Commission:

  • Economic Opportunities - Invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen Appalachia’s economy;
  • Ready Workforce - Increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia;
  • Critical Infrastructure - Invest in infrastructure, including broadband, transportation (including the Appalachian Development Highway System), and water/wastewater systems;
  • Natural and Cultural Assets - Strengthen Appalachia’s community and economic development potential by leveraging the Region’s natural and cultural heritage assets; and
  • Leadership and Community Capacity - Build the capacity and skills of current and next-generation leaders and organizations to innovate, collaborate, and advance community and economic development.

Each year, the Appalachian Regional Commission provides funding for several hundred projects in the federal Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create jobs; construct and improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses. The Appalachian Regional Commission also manages a highway program to reduce Appalachia's isolation.

Each Appalachian state receives an allocation of funds for projects that address the ARC goals. The Appalachian Regional Commission's structure designates Local Development Districts in each state to have a meaningful role in establishing the priorities and implementing regulations associated with the funds. The Local Development Districts are also where grant applications originate.

All projects funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission are required to provide matching funds. The percentage of matching funds required varies depending on the economic status of the county where a project is located. To learn more about county designations, visit the Appalachian Regional Commission's Source and Methodology page.