W.Va. governor new co-chair of Appalachian Regional Commission

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has been elected co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission by the governors of the 13 states that make up the ARC.

Tomblin will serve a one-year term that began Jan. 1 and will work closely with the commission's federal designated co-chair, Earl F. Gohl, who was appointed to the position by Congress.

The commission was created by Congress in 1965 to improve the quality of life and promote economic development in the Appalachian region.

Tomblin says he will work to continue the economic development and infrastructure improvements the commission has facilitated throughout Appalachia.

The ARC is a partnership of federal, state and local governments. All 55 West Virginia counties are located within the region and are eligible to receive funding from the ARC.

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