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Appalachian Gateway Communities 2017 Regional Workshop

May 2017

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Applications are due March 24 for the 2017 ARC-NEA Appalachian Gateway Communities Regional Workshop in Ringgold, Georgia. Since 2008, the Gateway Communities project has touched more than 1,000 communities and 100 counties through technical assistance to help boost local economies through sustainable tourism and public arts.

Read the case studies below to learn how three gateway communities in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio have strengthened their development efforts through the regional workshops:
Lewis County, KY      Nicholas County, WV    Ohio Hill Country
Lewis County, Kentucky, Case Study Nicholas County, West Virginia, Case Study Ohio Hill Country Case Study

May 9–11, 2017
The Colonnade
Ringgold, Georgia
Application Deadline: March 24, 2017
How to Apply
ARC and the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the Conservation Fund, are offering a technical-assistance workshop May 9–11, 2017, on creating sustainable natural and cultural heritage tourism development in Appalachian "gateway" communities—those that are entry points to Appalachia's national and state parks and forests.

This intensive three-day workshop in Ringgold, Georgia, will provide teams from participating communities with skills to capitalize on opportunities related to sustainable drivers for local economic development, cultural heritage and natural resource tourism, public arts promotion, and preservation and stewardship of community character.

Experts will assist each team in developing an action plan for capitalizing on their community's unique natural and cultural heritage resources and the arts. Participating teams will also be eligible to apply for seed grant funding to help them implement the action plan they develop at the workshop.

Applicants or their gateway communities must be located in an Appalachian county designated by ARC as economically distressed, transitional, or at-risk. Maps and lists of Appalachian counties' economic status for FY 2017 are available on the ARC Web site.

The workshop registration fee is $550 per team; limited travel assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis. Applications are due March 24.

Complete information on the workshop and how to apply is available on the Conservation Fund Web site.