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.
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.
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.
This session will focus on how critical infrastructure investments in broadband, water/waste water systems and transportation can fuel long-term economic growth.
This session will focus on how communities can leverage natural and cultural assets – from downtown revitalization to recreational tourism – for lasting economic development.
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.
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.