Session I: Orientation

October 21-24, 2019, Morehead, Kentucky

This session launches the Appalachian Leadership Institute with introductory briefings from economic development experts, program facilitators, and other key partners. It will also include discussions on leadership skill development and team building opportunities as a foundation for the rest of the program. 

Session II: Identifying Economic Opportunities

December 2-5, 2019, Dalton, Georgia

This session will focus on two key strategies for economic development: entrepreneurship and business development. Agenda will focus best practices for developing, deploying, and determining appropriate community opportunities for these strategies.

Session III: Cultivating a Ready Workforce

February 11-14, 2020, Starkville, Mississippi

This session will focus on strategies to develop a competitive, skilled workforce for jobs in demand by investing in education, healthcare, and public-private partnerships.

Session IV: Building Critical Infrastructure

March 31- April 3, 2020, Beckley, West Virginia

This session will focus on how critical infrastructure investments in broadband, water/waste water systems and transportation can fuel long-term economic growth.

Session V: Capitalizing on Natural and Cultural Assets

May 12-15, 2020, Boone, North Carolina

This session will focus on how communities can leverage natural and cultural assets – from downtown revitalization to recreational tourism – for lasting economic development.

Session VI: Developing Community Capacity

June 16-19, 2020, Jamestown, New York

This session will focus on strategies for strengthening the skills, expertise and potential of current and future leaders with a commitment to innovative and long-lasting economic development.

Session VII: Graduation

July 13-16, 2020, Washington, DC

The capstone gathering of the Appalachian Leadership Institute will celebrate what the Fellows have learned, experienced, and shared during the past ten months as they advance economic development in their communities.