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Ray Daffner is Director of Entrepreneurship Programming at the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Daffner leads efforts at ARC that provide strategic support for programs assisting entrepreneurial ventures to build on the Region’s assets and grow new jobs.

Working with regional leaders and national experts, ARC seeks to build on the advantages of the Region by leveraging a range of assets – including energy, food systems, culture and heritage, natural amenities, manufacturing and healthcare infrastructure – to form new enterprises and inject vitality into Appalachian communities.

Daffner currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Appalachian Funders Network and on the advisory boards of several regional New Markets investment funds that total over $500 million in assets.