Appalachian Regional Commission
In 2019, ARC provided $1.24 million in funding to Rural Action through the Appalachian Regional Commission Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (ARC POWER) grant. Much of that grant has been devoted to trail construction and asset-based entrepreneurship initiatives. Then, in 2021, ARC awarded an additional $1.5 million to the Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia's Gateway Communities and Sustainable Recreation project. This POWER Initiative will concentrate investments in natural and cultural assets for coal-impacted communities across 7 Southeast Ohio counties, fostering small business expansion as well as jobs creation and retention, thus catalyzing further private and public investment.