Session I: Orientation

October 14-15, 2020, Virtual

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. 

The session agenda can be found here.

Session II: Identifying Economic Opportunities

December 9-10, 2020, Virtual

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.

The session agenda can be found here.

Session III: Cultivating a Ready Workforce

Week of February 8-12, 2021, Ohio

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

Week of March 22-26, 2021, Maryland

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

Week of May 3-7, 2021, Virginia

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

Week of June 7-11, 2021, Pennsylvania

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

Week of July 12-16, 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.

2019-2020 Schedule

Session I: Orientation, Morehead, Kentucky, October 21-24, 2019

Session II: Identifying Economic Opportunities, Dalton, Georgia, December 2-5, 2019

Session III: Cultivating a Ready Workforce, Starkville, Mississippi, February 11-14, 2020

Session IV: Building Critical Infrastructure, Virtual Session, April 1-2, 2020

Session V: Capitalizing on Natural and Cultural Assets, Virtual Session, September 30-October 1, 2020

Session VI: Developing Community Capacity, Virtual Session, November 17-18, 2020

*Note: These schedules represent changes made to the program in light of the impacts of COVID-19. The Appalachian Leadership Institute team continues to monitor the situation and will adjust the schedule accordingly.