About Us

The Appalachian Leadership Institute is a comprehensive regional leadership training program developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy; Tuskegee University; and Collective Impact. Launched in 2019, the first class of Fellows graduated in November 2020. The Appalachian Leadership Institute is limited to 40 Fellows annually. Every state in the Appalachian region will be represented in each cohort, reflecting the region’s diverse economic developmental challenges, opportunities, and strategies.


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About the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal and state government. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts.

Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred investments in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses.


Our Partners

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

BIG ORANGE. BIG IDEAS. Energy is a visible force at UT. It drives everyone, from our high-caliber students and faculty to our fired-up game day fans. It’s everywhere, from our ever-growing campus to our footprints across the globe. We are the state’s flagship institution, but the power of today’s UT reverberates beyond Tennessee’s borders. We’re pushing to the forefront of the twenty-first century with fresh, creative thinking in a variety of fields, including our world-renowned supply chain management program, our highly ranked printmaking curriculum, and our breakthroughs in energy sciences. Energy is in everything we do and in everything we are. Our Big Orange spirit ignites us. Our big ideas make us unstoppable.

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan public policy center, located on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Center aims to provide policy makers, citizens, scholars, and students with the information and skills necessary to work effectively within our political system and to serve our local, state, national, and global communities.

Tuskegee University

Located in Tuskegee, Alabama, Tuskegee University is a private, state-related and nationally ranked land-grant institution that serves a racially, ethnically and religiously diverse student body of 3,000-plus students. The institution was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington and is one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges since 1933, Tuskegee’s academic programs — many accredited by their respective accrediting bodies — currently lead to 41 bachelor’s, 16 master’s and five doctoral degree opportunities.

Collective Impact

Since 2001, Collective Impact has provided capacity building services to help organizations and communities achieve their mission, realize their vision, and thrive! Collective Impact provides services in the following areas: planning, development, and change management; assessment, research, and evaluation; financial resource development; branding, marketing, and communication; training, facilitation, and stakeholder engagement; and Venue Web & IT.