Harden Named Ga. ARC Program Manager

Former Stephens County State Representative Michael Harden reportedly has a new job.

Harden has been named as the new Program Manager in Georgia for the Appalachian Regional Commission.

He is taking over for James Thompson, who is retiring.

According to its website, the Appalachian Regional Commission is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government and consists of the 13 Appalachian states in the eastern U.S.

The ARC says each year, it provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation.

Harden served as the State Representative for the 28th State House district, which includes Stephens County from 2009 through May 2012, when he resigned from the post in order to take a position with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.