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Project Profile

State of the Region: Examining Changes to the Appalachian Region Since 1965

Appalachian Regional Commission
Start Date: Nov 2013 — End Date: Dec 2014

CREC teamed up with the West Virginia University’s Regional Research Institute (RRI) and Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) to examine the significant structural and socioeconomic changes to the Appalachian Region since 1965 and to determine to what extent the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) economic development investments have contributed to these changes.

This study, commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), “Appalachian Then and Now: Examining 50 Years of Changes to the Appalachian Region Since 1965” analyzes 50 years of socioeconomic trends, including poverty, income disparity, unemployment, employment change, population change, economic and industry mix, educational attainment, housing quality, health, transportation access, and telecommunications capacity in the Appalachian Region and summarizes the economic impacts accruing to the Region through ARC’s non-highway investments.

The report also includes results from a rigorous quasi-experimental research method indicating that counties that received ARC investments increased per capita income and added employment at a faster rate than similar counties that did not receive ARC investments. The report also summarizes input gathered from stakeholders in focus group meetings held in each of the 13 Appalachian states.

To view the report, please click here.

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About the Client

Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is 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 co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts.