ARC Names New Program Manager for Western MD

Last Updated on Mar 31, 2015 at 9:38am | Business Resources

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently named Bill Atkinson as the new ARC Program Manager for the Western Maryland Region. Currently, Mr. Atkinson is the Trail Town Program Coordinator for the Maryland Department of Planning and has been with the agency for over 25 years. The Trail Town Program is an economic development and community revitalization initiative working in "Trail Towns" along the Great Allegheny Passage. The program's purpose is to ensure that trail communities and businesses maximize the economic potential of the trail.

As ARC Program Manager, he will be responsible for ARC grants to projects that address one or more of the four goals identified by ARC in its strategic plan and that can demonstrate measurable results. Typically, ARC project grants are awarded to state and local agencies and governmental entities, local governing boards, and nonprofit organizations.

Almost all program grants originate at the state level. Potential applicants should contact their state ARC program manager to request a pre-application package. The local development district serving the county in which the project is located may provide guidance on a project's eligibility for funding and assistance in preparing a grant application.

For more information please contact Mr. Atkinson directly at (301) 777-2161 or email him at