Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: March 26, 2021
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alenaa Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Praises Biden Nomination of Gayle Manchin as Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair

Last month Appalachia’s governors elected Northam as States’ Co-Chair for 2021

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today after President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Gayle Conelly Manchin for Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). In February, Appalachia’s 13 governors elected Governor Northam to serve as ARC’s States’ Co-Chair for 2021

“President Biden has made an exceptional choice in nominating Gayle Manchin for Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. A longtime educator and West Virginia native, she understands the critical issues facing our Appalachian communities and is well-qualified to serve in this role. I look forward to working with her as ARC States’ Co-Chair to drive economic growth, strengthen job training and workforce development, expand broadband service, and improve access to health care across Appalachia.”

A bio for Gayle Conelly Manchin can be found here.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across Appalachia. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

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