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 cochair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multicounty local development districts.
A scholar association established by a devoted group of scholars, teachers, and regional activists. They believe that shared community has been and will continue to be important to those writing, researching, and teaching about Appalachia.