Toward Prosperity: Entrepreneurship Transforming Appalachia's Economy Conference
The ARC Toward Prosperity: Entrepreneurship Transforming Appalachia's Economy conference was held November 6–7, 2013, in Charleston, West Virginia. Following are materials from and videos of the conference.
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Welcome: Keith Burdette, Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce
Opening Remarks: ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl
Keynote Address: David Wilhelm, Founder and President, Woodland Venture Management, Gahanna, Ohio; Founder, Adena Ventures, Athens, Ohio
Lunch Address: Matt S. Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, U.S. Economic Development Administration
Panel Discussion: "Survive and Thrive": Moderator: Matt S. Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, U.S. Economic Development Administration. Panelists: Angie Cowger, Owner, Custard Stand Food Products, Webster Springs, West Virginia; Mike McKechnie, President, Mountain View Solar, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia; Perry Varnadoe, Director, Meigs County Economic Development Office, Pomeroy, Ohio.
Concurrent Session: "Cultivating Entrepreneurs in the Food and Farm Sector": Moderator: Savanna Lyons, Program Director, West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, Oak Hill, West Virginia. Panelists: Alexa Arnold, Organizer, Community Farm Alliance, Frankfort, Kentucky; Scott Park, Principal Planner, Greenville County Department of Planning and Code Compliance, Greenville, South Carolina; Leslie Schaller, Director of Programs, Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Athens, Ohio.
Concurrent Session Presentations
Presentations are posted with the permission of conference speakers. This list does not include all presentations given at the conference.