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The Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian region is home to more than 25 million people covering 420 counties in 13 states from New York to Mississippi. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for economic development and improved quality of life.

Projects create thousands of new jobs, improve local water and sewer systems, increase workforce skills, and expand health care access. By creating or retaining jobs, providing access to education or training, and increasing availability to water and sanitary sewer services, the projects administered by LDDs build the region’s infrastructure for future growth.

In 2014, Ohio’s Local Development Districts (LDDs) administered 63 ARC projects with $72,140,914 in total project costs which resulted in 750 new jobs and another 2,025 jobs retained in the region. LDDs secured $56 in Direct Project Dollars for every $1 spent on administration.

This program is funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia to provide matching grant funds to fill a gap for eligible applicants in support of economic development projects. The Commission is a partnership of the governors of the 13 Appalachian States and a presidential appointee representing the federal government. 

Download the 2014 Impact Report 


Potential projects for consideration must meet at least one of the four ARC goals in order to receive funding.

The four ARC goal areas are:

1. Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.
2. Strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy.
3. Develop and improve Appalachia's infrastructure to make the Region economically competitive.
4. Build the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce Appalachia's isolation.

Eligible applicants:

  • Political subdivisions (county, city, village)
  • Educational institutions (school district and vocational school districts, colleges and universities)
  • Public institutions (port authorities, libraries)
  • Non-profit Organizations (community improvement corporations, social         
  • service agencies)

Examples of types of projects eligible for funding:

  • Funds available for projects that help communities create and retain businesses and jobs
  • Help communities develop an educated, skilled workforce
  • Create access to affordable, quality health care
  • Support the development and improvement of infrastructure.
  • Telecommunications / Broadband
  • Energy Grants


December 2016: Two ARC grant recipients celebrate the opening of their new facilities with a ribbon cutting open house dedication in Ashtabula and Warren, Ohio.

Congratulations to the Ashtabula County Medical Center (ACMC) and Warren YWCA in expanding access to health care and education initiatives within the Eastgate ARC Local Development District. The celebrations both took place on December 7th with tours at each new facility.  ACMC marks the opening of the state-of-the-art oncology pharmacy that complies with recently upgraded FDA regulations, five new fully-equipped chemotherapy infusion bays — bringing its total to 14 — four more private examination rooms, and new flooring and furniture in the larger space. It is anticipated this project will provide 572 patients improved access to health care, 2,300 treatment sessions per year, create six medical professional jobs, and retain nine jobs. The YWCA in Warren constructed a tech-friendly classroom including computers, equipment, and accessible restrooms to create an on-site computer technology program that will provide education and training to better prepare students, out-of-school youths, and adults for post-secondary education and job skills. The facility is known as the STEM Empowerment Lab. This program will assist women and youths with improving math and literacy scores, attain a diploma or GED, financial literacy, increase computer skills and improve job readiness. Thank you to the grantees for their dedication in improving the lives of the people of Appalachia.



Please contact Kathy Zook at our office for more information on the ARC program.