News & Press Releases2022-08-29T10:23:41-04:00

News & Press Releases

Connect Humanity Partners with Appalachian Community Capital to Raise Capital to Bridge the Digital Divide

Connect Humanity and Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) have joined forces in a bold campaign to raise $25 million through IDEA (Investing in Digital Equity in Appalachia), aiming to bridge the digital divide throughout Appalachia, one of the least connected regions in the United States.

July 2023

Opportunity Appalachia Investor Convening to Showcase High Impact Projects Anticipated to Create Thousands of Jobs

Opportunity Appalachia, a project of Appalachian Community Capital, is hosting a virtual investor convening on May 31 – June 1, 2023.The convening will feature 33 Opportunity Appalachia projects looking to develop relationships with investment partners. The 2023 Project Portfolio is seeking $252 million in financing and is anticipated to create 3,000 jobs – including jobs for individuals in addiction recovery, the long-term unemployed (such as former coal industry workers), minorities, and women.

May 2023

Appalachian Community Capital has received a grant of over $600,000 as part of the CDFI Fund’s CDFI Equitable Recovery Program.

April 2023

Under this program, over $1.73 billion in grants were awarded to 603 CDFIs across the country through CDFI ER, which represent the largest CDFI grant program in history.  These grants are intended to spur economic recovery for areas most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Virginia CDFI Coalition Celebrates Win For Virginia

March 2023

On March 28, 2023, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signed into law Senate Bill 1320 (SB 1320) and House Bill 1411 (HB 1411), codifying and recapitalizing the Virginia Community Development Financial Institution Fund (VA CDFI Fund). Both bills overwhelmingly passed the Virginia General Assembly in February 2023.


Appalachian Community Capital Receives $510,000 Award from Treasury’s CDFI Fund to Support Small Business Lending across Appalachia

February 2023

Christiansburg, VA – Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) has received a

$510,000 grant from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund’s (CDFI) Program to increase lending for small businesses in historically underserved areas in the 13-state Appalachian region.



February 2023

ACC is pleased to announce that Julia J. Parker has joined Appalachian Community Capital as its Chief Lending and Impact Officer (CLIO).

The CLIO is a member of the executive team and has overall responsibility for ACC’s lending program and continued innovation.  Primary responsibilities include: meeting annual lending goals; developing strategies to meet identified investment gaps in ACC’s service area; designing and implementing new and updated financial products and services that are responsive to the needs of clients; and maintaining loan and grant policies and systems.

This is a remote position serving the Appalachian Region, which includes the entire state of West Virginia and portions of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Ms. Parker has extensive knowledge of and experience in economic development, small business lending, impact investing, and supporting underserved and diverse communities and populations.



Opportunity Appalachia
Bringing jobs, business support, and investment to Central Appalachian communities

Opportunity Appalachia today announced selection of 8 projects to participate in a program to bring jobs, business support, and investment to Central Appalachia. The selected projects propose to create over 310 jobs and attract $27 million in financing to develop and expand childcare centers, outdoor recreation, food business incubator and support facilities, regional airport facilities, and hotels in downtown and rural areas across East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.


Appalachian Community Capital Receives Equity Investment from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

January  2023

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded Appalachian Community Capital $400,000 in equity capital to allow the organization to strengthen its capital structure, leverage additional debt capital, and as a result, increase lending and investing in Appalachian communities that have been marginalized.


Ford Foundation Announces Additional $10M Investment in Appalachian Community Capital 

December 2022

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2022- The Ford Foundation announced today an additional $10 million investment in Appalachian Community Capital, a central bank for community development lenders that increases the availability of capital to small businesses to spur job creation and economic growth in the 13-state Appalachian region.

Following an initial investment in 2015, the Ford Foundation is increasing its support to further the economic enrichment of local communities in the rural Midwest and South, including coal-dependent areas. In these under-invested regions, the capital needed to foster a thriving economy and higher-quality jobs is often difficult to access, contributing to limited economic mobility. According to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a key ACC funder, the region’s median household income is 82% of the national average.


Appalachian Community Capital Announces the Creation of a Regional Data Analytics Hub at the 2022 Clinton Global Initiative

September 2022

Christiansburg, VA. (September 19, 2022) – Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) is pleased to announce its participation in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2022 Meeting, a platform for CGI members to convene, connect, and coordinate actions that address global challenges. During today’s meeting, ACC committed to launch a regional inclusive Data Analytics Hub, a key component of the organization’s new strategic focus on Technological Transformation and Knowledge Sharing. The hub will provide insights into underserved small businesses across the region, which will help ACC and its members  better understand the dynamics affecting these  businesses and tailor their outreach, products, and services to be more effective and aligned to the businesses’ needs and circumstances. ACC members are community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and other mission-focused lenders located in and serving small businesses in Appalachian by providing capital, business advisory services, and other types of support.


We’re Hiring!

Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial, goal-oriented self-starter to serve as Chief Lending and Impact Officer to support the organization at a time of unprecedented growth. As a member of the executive team, this person should also be able to prioritize multiple demands, lead a high performing team of contractors, and have overall responsibility for ACC’s lending program and impact across Appalachia


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