ARC


The Appalachian Regional Commission was established by Congress in 1965 to support economic and social development in the Appalachian Region.

The Commission is a unique partnership composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a presidential appointee representing the federal government. Grassroots participation is provided through local development districts—multi-county organizations with boards made up of elected officials, business people, and other local leaders.

In an era of reduced federal funds for valuable job-creating infrastructure, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program continues to merge local, state and federal funds to implement such projects.

Reduced federal and state funding for economic development projects has contributed to intense competition for these funds, enabling some projects to be funded, while others must wait their turn. Throughout the six-county region, the need to improve municipal infrastructure continues to grow, while the sources of funding for these improvements continue to diminish. The ability to package multiple funding sources for a single project continues to be a challenge in this environment.


Regional ARC Planning Documents

The Regional ARC planning documents are now available online:

ARC FY 2023 Project Package

2020-2024 Appalachian Maryland Development Plan

2021 ARC Annual Strategy Statement

2020-2024 ARC Strategic Goals and Objectives

Appalachia Envisioned A New Era of Opportunity ARC Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2022-2026

ARC Specific Forms and Guidelines

As young entrepreneurs gaining access to capital was extremely difficult. We were denied by many different conventional lenders. It was a painstaking process. We contacted Tri-County Council to learn more about the SLoT program and found that they were extremely welcoming, easy to communicate with, and took the time to listen to our story. The experience was so different from our experience with conventional lenders it gave us hope.

- Bailey O’Leary, True Respite Brewing Company

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