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Designated as the Local Development District (LDD) by the Appalachian
Regional Commission (ARC), SPC plays a lead role in identifying priority needs
of local communities by working to foster economic development, to target and meet the most pressing needs, and to build community unity and leadership.
SPC undertakes projects through the Area Development
Program that address the five goals identified by ARC in its strategic
1. Developing a knowledgeable and skilled population
2. Strengthening the region's physical infrastructure
3. Building local and regional capacity
4. Creating a dynamic economic base
5. Fostering healthy people
SPC seeks to build such projects as education and
workforce training programs, highway construction, water and sewer
system construction, leadership development programs, small business
start-ups and expansions, and development of healthcare resources
to meet the Area Development goals.
- Technical assistance that provides basic
services to enhance business development
- Industrial site development
- Local access road
- Acquisition and development of incubator facilities
- Commercial area revitalization
- Telecommunications projects that encourage education and workforce training
- Telehealth monitoring
SPC’s role as the LDD is key to project development
and review, providing technical assistance to local project
sponsors and sending priority recommendations to the state.
All area development projects must be completed in close
consultation with SPC. The grants are very competitive, and
require both a pre-application and extensive full application
preparation and review. Pre-applications are due each year
in June, and full applications by the following January.