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ARC announces new ARISE initiative focused on multi-state collaborations

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is accepting applications on a rolling basis for its new “Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies (ARISE),” a new initiative to drive large-scale, regional economic transformation through multi-state collaborative projects across Appalachia.

Using the funding provided under theInfrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021,” ARC launched ARISE to strengthen Appalachian business and industry and to grow and support the development of new economic opportunities across multiple states.

“ARISE encourages our states to think as one united Appalachian Region to have a transformational economic impact across ARC’s 13 states,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. “In order to have true, large-scale change in Appalachia, we need to be working together at every level – within communities, throughout states, and across state lines. ARISE complements and expands on local and state efforts by fostering collaboration across state lines to produce a more robust and sustainable regional economy.”

In addition to being multistate collaborations, ARISE project proposals must address at least one of ARC’s five strategic investment priorities: (1) building businesses; (2) building workforce ecosystems; (3) building infrastructure; (4) building regional culture and tourism; or (5) building leaders and community capacity.

ARC is holding a pre-application webinar starting at 2 p.m. EDT September 12. To register, click here.

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