Program Participation


The next application round will open on February 8, 2024 and run through April 12, 2024.

To participate in Opportunity Appalachia and receive technical assistance for your project’s prospectus development and support for capital raising, we encourage you to:

  • Join the state outreach meeting in you state (see below for dates).
  • Submit the Opportunity Appalachia application to participate, see below for the link to the application and submission dates. It is anticipated that approximately 30 projects in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia will be selected to participate in the Opportunity Appalachia program. If you have questions about the application, please contact the lead state partner in your state, listed below.

Opportunity Appalachia welcomes applications targeting one or several projects. Multiple project applications should demonstrate that the projects have related, compatible development strategies.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT
Applications must be submitted via the
Online Application Form to be considered for program support

To draft your responses, you may download a PDF of the APPLICATION FOR PARTICIPATION

For questions about the application, please contact the partner in your state, noted below.

Lead State Partners

For questions about the application, please contact the partner in your state, noted below:

Kentucky Dwain Neeley
Vice President of Community Lending at Fahe:
North Carolina Christine Laucher
Strategic Partnership Manager at Mountain BizWorks
Ohio Katy Farber
Vice President at OhioSE:

Victoria Hirschberg
Assistant Vice President of Research, Outreach and Economic Development at University of Tennessee
Virginia Vickie Ratliff
Opportunity SWVA Project Lead at University of Virginia at Wise:
West Virginia Ray Moeller
Economic Redevelopment Specialist at the Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University


To learn more about the Opportunity Appalachia program, please attend a session.

Program Launch Webinar Recording

Opportunity Appalachia hosted a webinar on January 18 to launch Opportunity Appalachia 2024. The webinar will feature Gayle Manchin, Federal co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, Tom Barkin, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and a welcome from Donna Gambrell, President & CEO of Appalachian Community Capital.

Kentucky Outreach Meeting

March 12, 2024, 1:30-3:00 PM EST

Governor Andy Beshear to open the program

Virtual Meeting

North Carolina Outreach Meeting

February 8, 2024, 1:00-2:30 PM

Jim McClesky, Director of the NC Washington Office, opened the program

View the Overview Slide Deck

Ohio Outreach Meeting

February 27, 2024, 2:00-3:30 PM EST

John Carey, Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia

Virtual Meeting

Tennessee Outreach Meeting

March 6, 2024, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST

Details coming soon

In-Person Meeting at Pellissippi State Community College in Friendsville, TN

Virginia Outreach Meeting

March 7, 2024, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST

Virtual Meeting

Speaker details coming soon

West Virginia Outreach Meeting

February 15, 2024, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST

In-Person Meeting

ARC Governor’s Alternate Jennifer Ferrell opened the program.