Session I: Orientation
Week of October 23-27, 2023, West Virginia
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: Building Appalachian Businesses
Week of December 4-8, 2023, South Carolina
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: Building Appalachia’s Workforce Ecosystem
Week of February 12-16, 2024, 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 Appalachia’s Infrastructure
Week of March 18-22, 2024, Georgia
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: Building Regional Culture and Tourism
Week of May 13-17, 2024, Kentucky
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: Building Community Leaders and Capacity
Week of June 10-14, 2024, 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 22-26, 2024, Washington, D.C.
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.
Previous Class Schedules
Curious where Appalachian Leaders go and how they spend their time while in session? Check out the schedules and agendas of our first three classes!