Skip to main content

Community Affairs - Community and Economic Development - Arc Project Files

Identifier: 066-09-029

Scope and Contents

This series is composed of photocopied and original records relating to projects withdrawn, refused, and completed by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Most of the records are unbound, however a significant portion of them are bound. The records in this series include, but are not limited to: 1) grant applications and agreements, 2) funding and project status reports, 3) budget reviews and revisions, 4) Local Development District Guidelines, 5) grant award notices, 6) memos and correspondence, 7) job descriptions and resumes, and 8) project descriptions. The United States Congress passed the Appalachian Regional Act of 1965 and created the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to administer the Act. The Commission worked jointly with the federal government to improve the living conditions of families residing in the thirteen underdeveloped Appalachian states. The Appalachian Regional Act was the offspring of recommendations of the President's Appalachian Regional Commission. This body derived from the 1960 conference of governors of ten Appalachian states who met to share regional problems. The Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 provided member states with access to a variety of economic development programs to initiate capital improvements in the participating states. Each member state was required to file a development plan with the ARC prior to receipt of funds to determine the plan's compatibility with the Commission's general plan for regional development. Following the ARC's approval of the plan, the federal department or agency responsible for funding approval conducted its review. The member states created an administrative network of Local Development Districts (LDD's). These encompassed multi-county areas that helped the local governments with such things as technical planning and research assistance, assistance in developing grant-in-aid proposals, help in developing priorities for Commission-assisted projects, and the promotion of the member states as desirable places for industrial location or relocation. In Georgia, the Office of Planning and Budget was the former administrative arm of programs funded by the ARC. That function has been transferred to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in Atlanta. See also RGSGSERIES 93-2-2, Intergovernmental Coordination Subject Files of the Office of Planning and Budget for a cross reference. Please see also RGSGSERIES 66-9-26, Appalachian Regional Commission Child Development Subject Files and RGSGSERIES 66-9-27, ARC Health Subject Files. In view of the budget recession package passed by the Congress in fiscal year 1981, the DCA recommended that the Governor accept its plan to "weed out" the "weakest" projects that had been eligible for funding. Also, the DCA announced that the fiscal year 1982 federal budget prohibited ARC from soliciting any new projects in that year, and that only those projects that had been eligible for funds in the previous year would be considered in 1982. The result was a decision by the DCA not to prepare an ARC project package for the 1982 fiscal year. In response to federal budget cuts, Georgia requested and received ARC approval for a $3 million allotment from the state's Area Development Allocation. This was done to minimize the anticipated damage to on-going projects placed under the constraints of budget reductions.


  • Created: 1981-1983


Conditions Governing Access



5.00 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The records are arranged by general project subject heading in a rough alphabetical order.

Community Affairs - Community and Economic Development - Arc Project Files
Georgia Archives
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia Archives Repository

5800 Jonesboro Rd
Morrow GA 30260 United States