(a) Definitions. - In this subtitle -
(1) Appalachian region. - The term "Appalachian region" means
that area of the eastern United States consisting of the
following counties (including any political subdivision located
within the area):
(A) In Alabama, the counties of Bibb, Blount, Calhoun,
Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa,
Cullman, De Kalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Hale,
Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone,
Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Randolph,
St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker,
(B) In Georgia, the counties of Banks, Barrow, Bartow,
Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Dawson, Douglas,
Elbert, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon,
Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Heard, Jackson,
Lumpkin, Madison, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rabun,
Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White, and Whitfield.
(C) In Kentucky, the counties of Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd,
Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland,
Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green,
Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel,
Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary,
Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe,
Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell,
Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley,
(D) In Maryland, the counties of Allegany, Garrett, and
(E) In Mississippi, the counties of Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun,
Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Itawamba, Kemper, Lee, Lowndes,
Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola,
Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Webster,
Winston, and Yalobusha.
(F) In New York, the counties of Allegany, Broome,
Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware,
Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins.
(G) In North Carolina, the counties of Alexander, Alleghany,
Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Davie,
Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon,
Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain,
Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey.
(H) In Ohio, the counties of Adams, Ashtabula, Athens,
Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton,
Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson,
Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan,
Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull,
Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington.
(I) In Pennsylvania, the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong,
Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron,
Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia,
Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene,
Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lawrence,
Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour,
Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder,
Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren,
Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, and Wyoming.
(J) In South Carolina, the counties of Anderson, Cherokee,
Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg.
(K) In Tennessee, the counties of Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount,
Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke,
Coffee, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger,
Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson,
Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Loudon, McMinn,
Macon, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk,
Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith,
Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, and
(L) In Virginia, the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Bland,
Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles,
Grayson, Henry, Highland, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski,
Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise,
(M) All the counties of West Virginia.
(2) Local development district. - The term "local development
district" means any of the following entities for which the
Governor of the State in which the entity is located, or the
appropriate state officer, certifies to the Appalachian Regional
Commission that the entity has a charter or authority that
includes the economic development of counties or parts of
counties or other political subdivisions within the region:
(A) a nonprofit incorporated body organized or chartered
under the law of the State in which it is located.
(B) a nonprofit agency or instrumentality of a state or local
(C) a nonprofit agency or instrumentality created through an
(D) a nonprofit association or combination of bodies,
agencies, and instrumentalities described in this paragraph.
(b) Change in Definition. - The Commission may not propose or
consider a recommendation for any change in the definition of the
Appalachian region as set forth in this section without a prior
resolution by the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the
Senate or the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the
House of Representatives that directs a study of the change.