Business View Civil and Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 10

5 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 10 O p e n i n g L i n e s OPPORTUNITY APPALACHIA Bringing investment to Central Appalachian coal- impacted communities, creating new jobs and businesses that support sustainable growth A ppalachian Community Capital recently announced receipt of a $1,500,000 technical assistance grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to help bring investment into Central Appalachian communities in five states: Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) is a lead partner in Opportunity Appalachia, an initiative designed to provide targeted support for downtown and rural development to build entrepreneurial communities where local business can thrive, creating quality jobs for residents that revitalize local economies. “We are thrilled to be able to bring more financial and technical resources to our region, to help Appalachia secure more investment in important industries such as manufacturing, IT, downtown development, healthcare, education, food systems, heritage tourism and recreation,” remarked Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) President & CEO Donna Gambrell, whose organization will coordinate the Opportunity Appalachia effort. She added, “With this expanded program, we expect to strengthen or