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Appalachia Strong: Prosperity. Progress. Growth.

September 2019


 
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An Appalachian Regional Commission Conference
Hosted by the State of North Carolina

September 4–6, 2019
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Asheville, North Carolina

ARC's September 2019, Appalachia Strong: Prosperity. Progress. Growth. summit, hosted by the State of North Carolina, featured panel discussions and mobile workshops, as well as focused learning tracks for:

  • business and workforce development (including sessions on emerging opportunities in agriculture),
  • infrastructure expansion,
  • substance use disorder and related health issues, and
  • ARC technical assistance.

Learn more about the summit:

Summit Program
PDF: 2 MB

Speaker Presentations
Presentations are posted here as available. This list does not include all presentations given.

  • Cultivating Industry Clusters in Appalachian Communities
    Matthew Raker, Director, Community Investments and Impact, Mountain BizWorks, Asheville, NC; Wes Stone, Outdoor Industry Faculty Liaison, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC; Sarah Wood, Director of Operations, Industry Nine Componentry, Asheville, NC; Erika McGilly, Senior Business Lender, Natrual Capital Investment Fund, Asheville, NC; Jeannine Buscher, Founder of Buchi Kombucha, Asheville, NC
    PDF: 2.3 MB

  • Emerging Opportunities in Appalachian Agriculture
    Mieka Sanderson, Program Analyst - Business, Division of Business & Workforce Investment, ARC, Washington, DC; Joe Bilby, General Counsel, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Louisville, KY; Blake Butler, Executive Director, North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association, Asheville, NC; Tyler Mark, Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
    PDF: 6.3 MB

  • The Recovery Ecosystem: What Do We Know?
    Olivia Collier, ARC Program Manager, North Carolina Department of Commerce, Raleigh, NC; Robert Ware, Chief of Police, Portsmouth Police Department, Portsmouth, OH; Karen Kelley, Chief Program Officer, TROSA, Durham, NC; Nancy Hale, President and CEO, Operation UNITE, London, KY
    PDF: 248 MB

  • Paving the Road from Recovery to Work
    Andrew Howard, Policy Advisor to the Co-Chairman, Office of the Federal Co-Chairman, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC; Jeff Schwartz, Program Manager - Workforce and Education, Division of Business & Workforce Investment, ARC, Washington, DC; Doug Leech, Founder & CEO, Ascension Recovery Services, Morgantown, WV; Phillip Cooper, UpSkill WNC Coordinator, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, A-B Tech Community College, Asheville, NC; Patrick Farrell, President, Savage Grant, Huntington, WV
    PDF: 1.3 MB

  • A Healthy Workforce, A Healthy Community, A Healthy Economy
    Brittany Jones, Program Analyst - Health, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC; Doug Leech, Founder & CEO, Ascension Recovery Services, Morgantown, WV; Phillip Cooper, UpSkill WNC Coordinator, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, A-B Tech Community College, Asheville, NC; Patrick Farrell, President, Savage Grant, Huntington, WV
    PDF: 1.3 MB

  • Measuring Success Beyond Performance Measures
    Regina Van Horne, Program Evaluator, Division of Research & Evaluation, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC; Maureen M. Berner, Professor of Public Administration and Government, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
    PDF: 1.0 MB
    Handouts - PDF: 600 KB

  • ARC Speed Seminar: Social Media - Creating a Quick and Effective Digital Content
    China Riddle, Content Strategist, Communications Division, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC
    PDF: 1.4 MB

  • PLENARY: Community Colleges, Community Leaders
    Roger W. Davis, President, Community College of Beaver County, Monaca, PA - PDF: 345 MB

    Betty Young, President, Hocking College, Nelsonville, OH - PDF: 1.3 MB

    Johnny M. Moore, President, Pierpont Community & Technical College Fairmont, WV - PDF: 1.7 MB

    Walter H. Dalton, President, Isothermal Community College, Spindale, NC, NC Association of Community College Presidents - PDF: 4.4 MB