Carnegie Mellon University

Karen Lightman and Gayle Manchin

Appalachian Regional Commission Hosts Workshop

On March 2, 2023, Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman attended the "Getting the Grant" workshop hosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission, led by Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin, in Pittsburgh in preparation for the ARC 2023 funding opportunity ARISE.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development partnership agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian Region.  ARC's mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia.  

Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies (ARISE ) is a new ARC initative that aims to drive large-scale, regional economic transformation through multi-state collaborative projects across Appalachia.  With the additional funding provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021, ARC lauched ARISE to strength Appalachian business and industry, and to grow and support the development of new opportunities across multiple states. 

ARISE encourages the region's 13 states to think beyond local and state lines and to spearhead initiatives that encourage states to work together as one, united Appalachia to advance ARC's strategic investment priorities.