Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $1.78 Million Investment to Strengthen Western North Carolina’s Economy

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September 14, 2016—Today, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl announced nearly $1.8 million in ARC investments to strengthen North Carolina’s economy by expanding manufacturing training programs and bolstering rural wi-fi capabilities. With these investments, the state’s Isothermal Community College and Southwestern Community Collegewill be able to develop robust curricula and technical training in manufacturing related to the automotive and aerospace industries, and ten rural communities in western North Carolina will be able to offer enhanced wi-fi services to visitors, residents, and students.

“Creating strong curricula and training programs in the automotive and aerospace industries, and expanding wi-fi capabilities in rural communities, will bring new opportunities to North Carolina’s families and communities,” said Gohl. “These investments will help North Carolina’s Appalachian counties compete in a global economy.”

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