ARC Seeks Partner & Community Input to Guide Investment Priorities

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has announced a series of public input sessions to identify critical opportunities and challenges facing Appalachia’s economic future. Envision Appalachia: Community Conversations for ARC’s Strategic Plan will gather insights from these public sessions, coupled with guidance from regional, state, and local partners, and will inform ARC’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2021-2025. ARC develops a new strategic plan every five years in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). More than 3,000 Appalachians provided input to develop ARC’s current strategic plan, which expires on September 30, 2020.

“As we plan ARC’s investment strategy for the years to come, it is important that we be informed by the people we serve,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “These public input sessions for the next ARC Strategic Plan will provide Appalachian communities the opportunity to have a voice in this process, and I encourage the people of Appalachia to take part in one of these sessions.”

Each session, organized in conjunction with ARC’s state partner, runs from 9:30 am-3:00 pm, is open to the public and free to attend. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible!

April 8 – Huntsville, AL
April 16 – Ashland, KY
April 22 – Youngstown, OH
April 30 – Abingdon, VA

If you cannot attend an event, ARC is also collecting input via this public survey.

Visit to join this important conversation.