Session I: Orientation
Week of October 18-22, 2021, 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.
Session II: Identifying Economic Opportunities
Week of December 6-10, 2021, 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.
Session III: Cultivating a Ready Workforce
Week of February 7-11, 2021, Virtual
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 a Critical Infrastructure
Week of March 21-25, 2022, 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
Week of May 9-13, 2022, New York
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 13-17, 2022, South Carolina
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 25-29, 2022, 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.
Session I: Orientation, October 14-15, 2020, Virtual
Session II: Identifying Economic Opportunities, December 9-10, 2020, Virtual
Session III: Cultivating a Ready Workforce, February 10-11, 2021, Virtual
Session IV: Building Critical Infrastructure, March 24-25, 2021, Virtual
Session V: Capitalizing on Natural and Cultural Assets, Week of May 3-7, 2021, Virtual
Session VI: Developing Community Capacity, Week of June 7-11, Virtual
Session VII: Graduation, Week of July 12-16, Washington, D.C.
Session I: Orientation, October 21-24, 2019, Morehead, Kentucky
Session II: Identifying Economic Opportunities, December 2-5, 2019, Dalton, Georgia
Session III: Cultivating a Ready Workforce, February 11-14, 2020, Starkville, Mississippi
Session IV: Building Critical Infrastructure, April 1-2, 2020, Virtual
Session V: Capitalizing on Natural and Cultural Assets, September 30-October 1, 2020, Virtual
Session VI: Developing Community Capacity, November 17-18, 2020, Virtual
*Note: This schedule 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.