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The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency which represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. The commission was established by an act of Congress in 1965. The commission is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. The mission of the commission is to be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia.