The Access in Appalachia Pilot Implementation Project 

Measuring Access to Transportation in the Region

From Our Partners

By Meredith Hill, Deputy Director of Asset Management, MDOT SHA and Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

Fig. 1 – Photo showing a transit bus in a a small Appalchian town, courtesy the ARC website.

Rural communities in Appalachia, such as Maryland’s Garrett, Allegany, and Washington counties, have long been understood to be some of the most economically challenged in the country. Such communities may have a more difficult time accessing transportation compared to others.

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David Cotton, Appalachian Regional Commission Program Manager, Honored by Governor Hogan

Planning Assistance in Action

by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Manager

Image 1 – David Cotton of Planning (LC) shakes hands with Governor Hogan at awards ceremony (RC). Also shown Treasurer Dereck E. Davis (L) and Comptroller Francot (R).

At the December 7, 2022, Board of Public Works (BPW) meeting, Governor Hogan honored Maryland Department of Planning’s (Planning) David Cotton with a citation recognizing his diligent leadership of Maryland’s Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program in 2022.

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Request for Proposals: Evaluation of Appalachian Regional Commission’s Business Development Grants

From Our Partners

The Appalachian Regional Council (ARC) invites proposals from qualified consultants to assess the performance of ARC’s business development grants and better understand the grant implementation experiences of grantees. Proposals are due July 28, 2022.

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The Appalachian Regional Commission Announces 2022 Annual Conference

From Our Partners

ARC is excited to co-host its 2022 annual conference titled One Appalachia: Connection & Collaboration with the state of Maryland, October 17-19, at the Rocky Gap Resort in Flintstone, Maryland.  
This event will highlight how ARC’s 13 states and 423 counties are collaborating to bring each of ARC’s strategic investments to life. The conference will feature ARC partners who work daily to strengthen Appalachia by creating and expanding workforce development, growing sectors like outdoor recreation, developing entrepreneurs, and building leadership and community capacity. 

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Meet the Planning Staff: David Cotton

Meet the Planning Staff

David Cotton may not be new to Planning, but we are pleased to feature him in this month’s Planning Practice newsletter as a means to celebrate his many accomplishments. Having served as regional planner for the past 20 years, Dave became Director of the Western Maryland regional office in October. Most recently, Dave stepped into an exciting new role as State Program Manager for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government (See the related article on the ARC). Continue reading