Governor Bentley named chair of Appalachian Regional Commission

Governor Robert Bentley will serve as the 2014 co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. He chaired his first meeting Sunday in Washington, D.C..

The governor and others from across the nation are in Washington, D.C. for the National Governors Association meeting. Twelve of them selected Bentley for the chairmanship.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency. It funds projects that create new jobs in education, telecommunications,{} community development, housing, and transportation.

Governor Bentley hopes to improve the lives of domestic violence victims.

"The Appalachian Regional Commission has the same priority that I do as governor: increasing employment opportunities and providing people with the skills needed to improve their lives," Governor Bentley said in a statement. "The Commission has played an important role over the years in strengthening the economy of Alabama and the Region, and I look forward to building on that progress. I am grateful to the governors of the 12 states for their support and confidence in naming me chairman."

This is Governor Bentley's second time to co-chair the commission.