Appalachia consists of many diverse voices of persons with deep roots in the region. 
These individuals are committed to highlighting the steps needed to bring about a just and
inclusive economy and to ensuring more prosperous communities and populations in the region. In the fall of 2021, the Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC) and the Ohio River 
Valley Institute (ORVI) hosted listening sessions to hear Black Appalachians’ views around infrastructure policies. But the conversations weren’t just focused on Infrastructure. Black Appalachians shared stories about their past and present and thoughts
 about how Appalachia should move forward. For a glimpse into the compelling
stories that unfolded during these listening sessions read: Black Storytelling and
Funding Opportunities
This program guarantees loans of up to $40 million for qualified lenders to finance food systems projects, specifically for the start-up or expansion of activities in the middle of the food supply chain. Application Deadline: Until funds are exhausted.
This program offers loans, grants, and loan-grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America that currently do not have sufficient access to broadband. Application Deadline:
February 22, 2022
This program offers grant assistance to rural jobs accelerator partnerships to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters, and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas. Application Deadline:
April 19, 2022
This new program offers grants to underserved rural communities to deploy community-scale renewable energy technologies and innovations that reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. Letter of Intent Deadline: April 19, 2022. Application Deadline: July 18, 2022
Upcoming Events: Virtual 
Hosted By: Blueprint Local
February 17, 11:00 AM ET
This in-depth discussion of innovative capital products will feature experts representing some of the country's most remarkable small business funders. Aunnie Patton Power, author of Adventure Finance, will host a panel discussion featuring capital providers who represent the disciplines of Revenue Based Lending, Redeemable Equity Investing, and Supply Chain Financing.
Hosted By: The Center on Rural Innovation
February 17, 2:00 PM ET
As the role of technology in society and the economy expands, strategies around economic development also need to evolve, especially in communities across rural America. The Center on Rural Innovation and Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. will discuss the technology-driven trends that rural economic development leaders need to understand to develop effective strategies, and share case studies illustrating how rural communities are taking advantage of tech-based economic development to drive entrepreneurship and economic prosperity.
The state outreach meetings for Phase 2 of Opportunity Appalachia are underway! Opportunity Appalachia is supporting projects at the critical development stage when technical assistance is needed most. As with Phase 1, TA teams will work with each community to address identified gaps. The teams will be composed of local, regional, and national TA providers, and could include market research groups, state-wide architectural and engineering firms, regional CDFIs for financial structuring support, specialized consulting groups focused on select industries
West Virginia’s WVU Brownfields Assistance Center kicked off an excellent meeting on February 10. Information and materials from the WV session, as well as registration for upcoming meetings in North Carolina. Ohio, Virginia, and Tennessee,
can be found here:
Upcoming Events: In Person
Cherokee, North Carolina, April 4-7, 2022

The Outdoor Economy Conference connects, educates, and inspires leaders and doers working to grow the outdoor industry and craft an economy that’s intimately tied to the well-being of their places and communities. Outdoor CEOs, conservation leaders, federal agencies, local officials, state parks to local parks, economic developers to land managers… the Outdoor Economy Conference brings everyone to the table to focus on what matters. 
Knoxville, Tennessee, May 2-5, 2022

The National Outdoor Recreation Conference, held annually by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, showcases innovative and creative approaches to nature-based outdoor recreation research, planning, and management. The conference brings together recreation resource planners, land managers, organizational partners, researchers, consultants, innovators and leaders in outdoor recreation from across the U.S. and North America. 
Tools & Guides
The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization has created a centralized clearinghouse that features billions of dollars in existing federal funding sources. This government-wide list offers easy access to Energy Communities applying to fund infrastructure, environmental remediation, job creation, and community revitalization efforts.
ACC Members In The News

Congratulations to Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (GA) for being one of the seven community development lenders selected in the first round of the Starbucks Community Resilience Fund.

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