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CHARLESTON, WV (AP) -

The Appalachian Regional Commission is planning a fall forum in West Virginia to discuss how regional entrepreneurs are creating a new economic model for the rest of the country.

The event is set for Nov. 6-7 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.

The ARC has indicated local investment and local ownership of businesses are making a noticeable difference in some of the region's core sectors, including manufacturing, health care and food production.

The conference will explore ways to develop what ARC calls an "entrepreneurial ecosystem" that can provide support and growth opportunities for both new and established businesses.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin serves as the 2013 States Co-Chair for ARC announced this week he had recommended a 10 projects totaling more than $4.3 million to receive West Virginia's ARC Investment Program grants.

For details about the ARC, visit www.arc.gov/

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