Appalachian Regional Commission


Gov. Matt Bevin’s office has announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has approved a $500,000 grant for the Leadership Kentucky Foundation to help create a new leadership program targeting young professionals in the Kentucky Appalachian corridor, named BRIGHT Kentucky.

BRIGHT Kentucky is made possible by the ARC grant and private funding from the Whitaker Foundation and others.

Appalachia Service Project

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved $500,000 in funding to the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) for the Kentucky Appalachian Housing Program (KAHP) in continuation of their 37-year effort to provide quality, affordable housing in eastern Kentucky.

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The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $243,000 to the City of Olive Hill to repair and replace components of its aging water system and address health concerns in the city’s downtown area.

The cast iron waterline that dates back to the early 1960s is the oldest part of the water system.  Two surveys estimate a 45-50 percent water loss due to corroded piping.  The project includes 7,400 linear feet of waterline, and will replace the cast iron line with PVC, install new fire hydrants and provide additional capacity to stabilize water volume.

Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $200,000 to provide technical assistance and training in water and wastewater utility finance, management, and operations to rural utility services located throughout Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties.

The training includes water treatment and distribution system, asset management, rate analysis, Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) loan portfolio servicing and cost of service.

Appalachian Health Research Project Planned

Feb 6, 2015
Stars And Stripes

In a state with pressing health problems often referred to as the "Kentucky uglies" - cancer and obesity, to name two - a powerful partnership is being forged to foster innovation.

The Appalachian Regional Commission, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky are launching a three-year health-research project across Appalachia. The focus will be on bright spots in a region beset by health problems - communities that are, as David Krol, senior program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, put it, bucking the trend.


U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and Gov. Steve Beshear have announced the approval of a $160,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) for the Appalachian Innovations Collaborative. The grant will be used to develop Work Ready plans in conjunction with the SOAR initiative.

The Appalachian Innovations Collaborative will work with 200 participants from 13 counties to develop Work Ready plans. Counties in the service area include Breathitt, Floyd, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Knott, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Wolfe, Johnson, Perry and Pike.

A professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry says improving dental health in eastern Kentucky is vital to its future. Doctor Raynor Mullins says chronic oral infections have plagued the Appalachian region for a long time…

Mullins is encouraged by the grant announced Wednesday in Morehead. The Appalachian Regional Commission is providing half a million dollars to Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky for the Appalachian Rural Dental Education Program. It will enable additional oral health services in 54 eastern Kentucky counties.

MSU Gets Dental Grant from ARC

Aug 6, 2014

Morehead State University is the recipient of a half a million dollar grant to improve oral health in the area. The money is from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Earl Gohl is federal co-chair of the ARC. He says the grant will support the Appalachian Rural Dental Educational Partnership…

Morehead physician Tony Weaver is assistant medical director of the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center. He says there’s a great need to improve dental health in Kentucky and Morehead State is already working on the problem…

Flemingsburg Receives Grant For Volunteer Fire Hall

Jun 16, 2014
City of Flemingsburg

Flemingsburg City Council has received a new grant to assist with the construction of the Flemingsburg Volunteer Fire Hall.

According to Mayor Marty Voiers, a grant in the amount of $150,000 was received from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

"When we received the bids for the fire hall, we knew a little more money would be needed," Voiers said. "We applied to the ARC and they graciously awarded us the money to fund this project. We are very thankful for that help."

Olive Hill Receives Renovation Grant

Aug 13, 2013

Governor Beshear says 860-thousand dollars is being made available to rehabilitate and convert the former Olive Hill High School into a new Community Educational Arts Center.  The facility will serve as both a public library for the city and a satellite campus for the Ashland Community & Technical College. 

The governor says the money comes from community development block grant funds, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Federal Department of Energy. Olive Hill Mayor Kenny Fankel says there have been plans to renovate the 84-year old building for some time.

ARC Approves Grant To MSU For Dental Education

Aug 2, 2013
UK College of Dentistry

The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved a $400,000 grant to Morehead State University to launch the Appalachian Rural Dental Education Partnership Program. It’s a joint effort with the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and will increase awareness and support for dental careers among K-12 students in eastern Kentucky.