Jesse L. White, Jr., Federal Co-Chair (chosen by U.S. President with U.S. Senate approval)
Paul E. Patton, Governor of Kentucky, States' Co-Chair (chosen by Commission in Jan., 1-year term), 2002
Ex officio: Parris N. Glendening, Governor (Harriet Tregoning, Secretary of Planning, alternate).
Thomas M. Hunter, Executive Director
1666 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20235
fax: (202) 884-7691
In 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission was created by the federal Appalachian Regional Development Act (P.L. 89-4). Economic development of the Appalachian region through allocation of federal funds to member states is supported by the Commission. Member states include Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Commission can act only on proposals submitted to it by state members.
The thirteen-state Appalachian region includes the Western Maryland counties of Washington, Allegany, and Garrett. To develop the region, the Commission plans and coordinates programs to construct a highway system, access roads, health centers, vocational schools, and sewage treatment plants. The Commission also works to develop land, timber and water resources; rehabilitate areas damaged by strip and surface mining; and establish local development districts to support local economic development.
The Governor serves ex officio as the Maryland member and designates an alternate (Code 1957, Art. 83A, sec. 6-402).
April 1, 2001
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