A program being gutted in the "hard budget" is the Appalachian Regional Commission (13 States)
In fiscal year 2017, the ARC requested $120 million, and if the ARC budget were to remain the same, the elimination of the program would only account for 0.22 percent of the $54 billion increase in defense spending.
In January, Gov. Roy Cooper “recommended eight community and regional projects in Western North Carolina for Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding. The recommendations total more than $3 million in ARC funds,” according to a press release.
One of Cooper’s suggested projects for funding approval is for the city of Morganton, totaling $1.37 million to “support the construction of an access road to a new commercial development. This project could create 45 jobs and leverage approximately $2.7 million in private investment,” according to a press release.
In October 2015, the ARC provided a $300,000 grant to support North Carolina’s textile industry in Burke County.http://www.morganton.com/news/western-n ... 267ed.html
ARC helped give nearly $3 million in a grant to an effort called TechHire Eastern Kentucky in order to retrain workers for jobs in technology and communications, with a big push for investment in the region for the development of a tech sector. The first pilot class of trainees had 1600 applicants for roughly 50 seats.
Carter County and most of Eastern Kentucky are in what ARC calls "Distressed Counties," 84 areas that ARC is directing aid and grants to try to pull the region out of poverty, with another 100 or so counties considered "At Risk" for slipping into the "Distressed" category. The agency funded 400 projects last year. In fiscal 2015, ARC was responsible for finding jobs for over 23,000 people. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/
Muscle Shoals Mayor David Bradford says ARC funds were critical in the creation of Shoals Research Airpark. The ARC provided $500,000 to help build roads into the 600-acre industrial park.
“We’ve used it for infrastructure development to get companies to locate there,” Bradford said Friday. “It’s job creation.”
50,000 in 2016 for Hartselle City Schools to purchase 15 3-D printers. Math teachers throughout the school system will incorporate 3-D design and printing into their curriculum to enhance students’ knowledge of basic math, geometry and trigonometry.
• $75,000 to allow Athens State University instructors to mentor 50 new public school teachers in Limestone and Morgan counties in order to obtain better student achievement.
• $58,344 to build a farmer’s market in Somerville.
• $200,000 for Calhoun Community College to help it train more utility line workers, and increase the number of apprentices in its advanced manufacturing training program.
• $100,000 for health screenings for students in 17 counties.http://www.timesdaily.com/news/state-ca ... c4842.html