On April 9, 1963 President John F. Kennedy established the President's Appalachian Regional Commission (PARC) and appointed them with the responsibility of creating legislation which would increase economic development of the Appalachian Region. PARC enacted the Appalachian Regional Development Act (ARDA) which created the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the ARDA into law on March 9, 1965 making the ARC an official federal agency.
"ARC's mission is to be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts.
ARC funds projects that address the four goals identified in the Commission's strategic plan:
Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses." (1)
(1) "About ARC," Appalachian Regional Commission, access date February 18, 2014, http://www.arc.gov/about/index.asp.
The ARC publishes documents related to projects, legislation, and budgets. These documents are to record information about ARC projects and inform others about the inner workings of ARC.
Appalachia: Turning Assets into Opportunities
Moving Appalachia Forward: Appalachia Regional Commission Strategic Plan, 2011 - 2016
"Projects in recent years have focused on business development, telecommunications and technology infrastructure and use, educational attainment, access to health care, tourism development, and the construction of development highways and basic water and waste management facilities." (2)
The ARC develops projects in a variety of areas while reserving particular resources for counties deemed economically distressed. Program areas include health, tourism, education, and transportation. To learn more about these program areas and others please visit the ARC Program Areas webpage.
(2) "ARC Projects," Appalachian Regional Commission, access date February 20, 2014, http://www.arc.gov/about/ARCProjects.asp.