From the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) website:

An Appalachian Regional Commission Conference
Hosted by the State of Tennessee

August 30–31, 2016
Millennium Centre
Johnson City, Tennessee

Rural communities are the backbone of the Appalachian Region. The people, places, and development potential in these areas are valuable assets that can help Appalachia build a robust and resilient economy. ARC’s August 30-31 Aspire Appalachia conference, hosted by the state of Tennessee, will explore how rural workforce development, entrepreneurship, infrastructure development, leadership, and asset development can continue making Appalachia America’s next great investment opportunity.

Conference sessions will focus on ARC’s strategic plan goals, highlighting examples of investments in rural Appalachia that:

  • Support entrepreneurial and business development to strengthen rural economies;
  • Increase knowledge, skills, and health for a ready local workforce;
  • Increase access to broadband to spur economic activity in rural communities;
  • Leverage natural and cultural assets to increase local economic development potential; and
  • Build leadership capacity to advance community and economic development.

Join community thinkers, next-generation leaders, and development colleagues in Johnson City, Tennessee, this August to learn how rural communities are building new opportunity for Appalachia’s future.

See the conference Web site to learn more and to register.