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Livable Communities in Appalachia

Across the Appalachia region, small towns and rural communities want to revitalize their traditional downtowns to boost the local economy and improve quality of life. EPA partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission, a regional economic development agency, to provide these towns with information about smart growth approaches through the Livable Communities in Appalachia program. These approaches can help towns restore their downtowns and neighborhoods, making them healthy, walkable, and economically vibrant.

In 2014, EPA, ARC, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture selected four Appalachian communities to receive technical support and implementation assistance to promote economic development, preserve rural lands, and increase access to locally grown food:

Read the press release from Region 4.

In 2013, EPA and ARC, joined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, selected four Appalachian communities to receive technical support and implementation assistance to promote economic development, preserve rural lands, and increase access to locally grown food:

Read the press release.

In 2012, EPA and ARC provided technical assistance to seven Appalachian communities seeking to address specific development challenges:

Representatives from each town worked with small-town development experts to create action plans that use smart growth approaches. Learn more on ARC's website.

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