Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | October 21, 2008

Lawyer Sanders says President Bush expands boundaries of Appalachia by making more counties qualify for dividing up $87 million in ARC funding.

President Bush signed a bill on October 9, 2008 that added 10 more counties in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia to divide up about $87 million in federal money set aside this year for poor mountain communities to pay for economic improvements.  The president’s decision to expand the boundaries of the Appalachia added Nicholas, Robertson and Metcalfe counties in Kentucky to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program.  Kentucky now has 54 counties in the ARC program. 


ARC is a federal state partnership of 420 counties and the governors of West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, and a presidential appointee representing the federal government.  ARC’s strategic plan is intended to fight poverty and increase economic opportunities by:


  1. Increasing job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.
  2. Strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy.
  3. Develop and improve Appalachia’s infrastructure to make the Region economically competitive.
  4. Build the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce Appalachia’s isolation.

 The counties in Kentucky that qualify for ARC funds include: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.


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