Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for hosts #ARC2016 Annual Conference “Aspire Appalachia: Collaborations in Rural Development” this week in Johnson City, Tennessee. It’s a sold out crowd of 400+ economic and community leaders from 18 states + DC.

Unable to attend? Watch the opening and closing plenary sessions via livestream on Wednesday, August 31 at:  www.arc.gov/livestream

  • 8 AM CDT: Opening Plenary: Bringing ARC’s Mission to Life in Rural Appalachia

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Bringing ARC’s Mission to Life in Rural Appalachia
ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia. The conference’s opening session will focus on how we live up to that mission. What do ARC governors and their alternates, program managers, local development districts, and the co-chairs—the four branches of ARC’s family tree—identify as the key ingredients for making strong and sustainable investments across the Region? What are replicable models and ideas? What lessons should we keep in mind as we continue to grow Appalachia’s future?

Moderator:
Scott T. Hamilton, Executive Director, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, D.C.

Panelists:
Earl F. Gohl, Federal Co-Chair, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, D.C.

Olivia Collier, ARC Program Manager, Rural Economic Development Division, North Carolina Department of Commerce, Raleigh, North Carolina

Jill Foys, Executive Director, Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, Oil City, Pennsylvania

Bill Shelton, Director, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Richmond, Virginia

  • 1:30 PM CDT: Closing Plenary: Identifying Rural Communities’ Next-Gen Leaders

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Identifying Rural Communities’ Next-Gen Leaders
Appalachia’s rural communities are undergoing significant economic changes that will have lasting impacts. Young entrepreneurs, organizers, and thinkers are cultivating new strategies and ideas for the Region’s future. In this session, we will discuss the vision these emerging leaders have for Appalachia and what they need to succeed.

Moderator:
Earl F. Gohl, Federal Co-Chair, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, D.C.

Panelists:
Marian Royston, Program Director, Randolph County Youth Development Initiative, Roanoke, Alabama

Kendall Bilbrey, Coordinator, Stay Together Appalachian Youth (STAY) Project, Whitesburg, Kentucky

Stephen Smith, Director, Try This West Virginia and Our Children, Our Future, Charleston, West Virginia