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Appalachian Regional Development Initiative Listening Sessions

The Appalachian Regional Development Initiative is an interagency effort launched to diversify and strengthen the Appalachian regional economy. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and USDA Rural Development are leading this initiative, in cooperation with the White House Council on Environmental Quality and many other federal agencies.

Several listening sessions will be held throughout Appalachia to gather opinions from local stakeholders on economic and community development challenges and opportunities. Invitations to participate in these sessions have been sent to representatives from many sectors of the economic development community.

Local stakeholders who are not able to participate in the sessions are encouraged to visit USDA Rural Development's comments Web site to share ideas for creating economic growth in Appalachia. Suggestions posted to that site will be incorporated into the feedback generated from the listening sessions.

The listening sessions will be held
  • Monday, March 8, 2010, in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
    (Luzerne County Community College, 1333 South Prospect Street);

  • Thursday, March 11, 2010, in Decatur, Alabama
    (Turner-Surles Community Resource Center, 702 Sycamore Street, NW);

  • Tuesday, March 16, 2010, in Marion, North Carolina
    (McDowell Technical Community College, 54 College Drive).

  • Monday, March 22, 2010, in Pipestem, West Virginia
    (Pipestem Resort State Park, Route 20).

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in Morehead, Kentucky
    (Morehead Conference Center, 111 E. 1st Street ).

Any additional session dates and locations will be announced. Due to space limitations, registration for the sessions is by invitation only.

To see the listening sessions agenda or register to attend a session, visit the listening sessions registration site.

For additional information on the listening sessions, contact Carrie Kluck, ARC program analyst, at or 202.884.7713.