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Foothills Regional Commission Newsletter, June 28th, 2021

American Rescue Plan Statewide Information Session on June 30th and July 1st

An informational session about the American Rescue Plan will be held featuring remarks from Governor Roy Cooper, followed by presentations and Q&A from state agencies and organizations supporting local governments. This webinar will be held on June 30 and July 1. Information presented will be the same for each session, so please choose the session that works best for your schedule.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. We encourage all local government elected officials and staff who will be involved with the ARP to attend. Register Here


New ARC Report Highlights Digital Divide in Appalachia

This month, ARC released our 11th annual update of The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2015–2019 American Community Survey or "The Chartbook." The Chartbook indicates that as of 2019, Appalachia was improving in educational attainment, higher income, and reduced poverty prior to COVID-19, yet lags behind the rest of the nation in areas including broadband access. 

Access to broadband or high-speed Internet service (cable, fiber optic, DSL, cellular, or satellite) is critical in people’s ability to pursue education, telework, access telehealth services, connect with their communities, start and grow businesses, and more. During the 2015-2019 period, 78% of Appalachian households had a broadband Internet subscription, compared to 83% households nationwide.

Additionally, there are signs of a rural-urban “digital divide” within the Region. In 18 Appalachian counties, more than half of which are considered rural, less than 60% of households had a broadband subscription

Learn more about Appalachia's access to broadband and computer devices


Foothills Regional Commission to Unveil New Website This Week!

We are excited to announce that FRC will be unveiling our new website this week!  In addition to the new website, all FRC staff will be getting new email addresses. 

The new website will be, and all staff emails will reflect this new site address.  Our existing website,, and our staff emails will forward over to the new site and email addresses. 

We have already updated a few of our social media pages, including Twitter and LinkedIn.  Once our website is active we will update our Facebook page as well. 

Everyone at FRC is excited for this website update, and we think you all will like it as well!

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