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The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a unique federal-state partnership providing social and economic support for a 13-state region stretching along the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi.

Established by the United States Congress in 1965, when Appalachia was considered "a region apart" from the rest of the nation, ARC has worked to bring Appalachia's 22 million people into America's economic mainstream

ARC supports economic development activities in 29 North Carolina counties: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey counties.

Funds

Funds

Each year ARC provides funding for projects throughout the Appalachian Region of North Carolina. Projects approved for ARC assistance must support one of the five general goals.

Goal 1: Economic Opportunities: Invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen Appalachia's economy.

Goal 2: Ready Workforce: Improve the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia.

Goal 3: Critical Infrastructure: Invest in critical infrastructure—especially broadband; transportation, including the Appalachian Development Highway System; and water/wastewater systems.

Goal 4: Natural and Cultural Assets: Strengthen Appalachia's community and economic development potential by leveraging the Region's natural and cultural heritage assets.

Goal 5: 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.

Eligible applicants are public entities (cities, towns, counties, regions, public service districts) and nonprofit organizations.

Contact Information

Contact Information

For additional information about the ARC program, please contact:

Olivia Collier - ARC Program Manager - (919) 814-4656 or ocollier@nccommerce.com

Olivia is the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Program Manager for North Carolina, a federal program that provides economic development assistance to Appalachia based on the Governor’s priorities. She has held this position since January of 2007.  Olivia manages the day to day operations of the State’s ARC program. As program manager, her primary responsibilities are to ensure that the Governor’s priorities in Appalachia are being achieved and to ensure ARC resources are being deployed to assist in critical economic development challenges in the eligible ARC communities in Western North Carolina. Prior to her current role, Olivia worked with the Community Development Block Grant Program ensuring that all grantees comply with applicable federal requirements. She also served as the Public Information Officer for the Division of Community Assistance for two years. Olivia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Master’s in Public Administration from East Carolina University. She has served on the New Generations Advisory Council and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s Rural Health Task Force.
 

Documents

Documents

General ARC Informational Documents        

 

POWER Program 

 

FY 2019 Distressed County Program 

 

FY 2020 Area Development and Access Road Program 

 

ARC Grantee Documents 

Oak Ridge Summer Institute

Oak Ridge Summer Institute

Program Description

The Appalachian Regional Commission is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to provide two residential, hands-on learning institutes focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers (July 6-19, 2019) and for middle school students (July 13-19, 2019).

ORNL is one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States. It is devoted to multi-purpose research and development and is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, near the famous Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ORNL is a U.S. Department of Energy facility managed by UT-Batelle. ORAU, a consortium on major universities, cultivates collaborative partnerships that enhance the scientific research and education enterprise of our nation.

The ARC/ORNL/ORAU Summer Science Academy for middle school students and ARC/ORNL Institute for high school students is a unique opportunity for students to work with research scientists on relevant math and scientific topics facing the world in the 21st century. Middle school students, in the one week academy, and high school students and teachers, in the two week institute, work in teams on research projects during with each team comprising three to six students in the middle school academy and three to six students and teachers in the high school institute. The team approach provides an opportunity to conduct research activities and solve problems in a group setting. Research topics and activities may include such areas as biofuels and alternative energy.

High school students and teachers work with research scientists on relevant math and scientific topics facing the world in the 21st century. Students and teachers work in teams on research projects during the two-week institute, with each team comprising three to six students or teachers. The team approach provides an opportunity to conduct research activities and solve problems in a group setting.

Students work in teams on research projects during the one-week academy, with each team comprising three to six students. The team approach provides an opportunity to conduct research activities and solve problems in a group setting. Research topics and activities may include such areas as biofuels and alternative energy. Interested parties can view examples of the research and other activities engaged in during previous summer science camps at the SummerSTEM website.

The 2019 participants will be housed at a hotel in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, near ORNL and ORAU facilities. Student participants will be chaperoned 24-hours a day by experienced teachers. Teachers selected to participate in the high school program will not be responsible for chaperoning students.

All major expenses, including meals, lodging, transportation to and from the participant’s home base and local transportation, will be covered for participants. Teacher participants will receive a stipend.

Participants will tour or spend days in ORNL research facilities, use a variety of technologies to solve problems in ORAU’s learning center, and participate in field trips to nearby industries, universities, and museums. Field trips will illustrate the applications of math and science in the real world and provide participants with opportunities to learn more about Appalachia and its unique characteristics. 

For High School Students and Teachers

Date of Institute: July 6-19, 2019

At least two high school students and two teachers from Western North Carolina will join participants from the other 12 ARC states in a two-week learning program that will focus on the application of math and science principles in the world of work.

Institute Applications must be submitted to the NC ARC Program Manager no later than March 11, 2019.

 

Olivia Collier, ARC Program Manager

Rural Development Division

4346 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-4346 

919.814.4656

 

For Middle School Students

Date of Academy: July 14-19, 2019

At least two middle school students from Western North Carolina will join 24 other participants from Appalachia in this one-week residential hands-on science camp focusing on math, science, and technology. 

Applications must be submitted to the NC ARC Program Manager no later than March 11, 2019.

 

Olivia Collier, ARC Program Manager

Rural Development Division

4346 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-4346

919.814.4656

 

Partners

Partners

The North Carolina ARC program collaborates with many federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, and universities in the Appalachian region of the state. See below for links to partners' websites.

Federal Agencies

Non-profit Organizations

North Carolina Agencies

North Carolina Regional Councils

Public Universities in NC's Appalachian Region

Application Workshop

Application Workshop

In order to continue with the ARC Application process, each application is required to send at least one individual to this workshop.  This individual must be a representative from the grantee (i.e. a town employee etc.) Other individuals familiar with the project and have a role in developing the application are welcome to attend. 

The workshop will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 9:30 a.m.. to 2:30 p.m.. at the Land of Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, Asheville NC

Workshop Sign Up

Workshop contact: Olivia Collier, 919-814-4656 or ocollier@nccommerce.com