ARC’s Appalachian Leadership Institute accepting applications through May 1

ARC’s Appalachian Leadership Institute accepting applications through May 1

Building leadership capacity in communities is key to Appalachia’s continued economic growth. 

Did you know that Appalachian Regional Commission’s Appalachian Leadership Institute offers leadership and economic development training for people who live and/or work in Appalachia?

This free, nine-month program focuses on skill-building, seminars, best practice reviews, mentoring, networking, idea exchange and more. ARC’s Appalachian Leadership Institute is seeking passionate community members and leaders to join the class of 2021-2022.

Applications are currently being accepted at through May 1, 2021.

The all-inclusive, nine-month program runs from October – July and includes skill-building seminars and best practice reviews. The program is currently meeting virtually due to COVID, but normally includes field visits during six separate sessions across the Region, followed by a capstone graduation event held in Washington, DC. Costs are covered for participants.

The program is limited to 40 Fellows annually, drawn from Appalachia’s public, private and non-profit sectors. Each class includes representatives from each of the thirteen states in the ARC footprint to reflect the region’s diverse economic development challenges, opportunities, and strategies.

Fellows will learn how to:

  • Design effective economic development project proposals
  • Integrate community assets into long-lasting economic development strategies
  • Identify resources available to spur economic development
  • Locate and access investment capital from a variety of public and private sources
  • Prepare competitive applications for public grant opportunities
  • Use expanded leadership skills to create strong coalitions

The Appalachian Leadership Institute includes:

  • Travel and participation cost to attend all sessions
  • Appalachian Leadership Institute Certificate from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Access to a world class network of peers and other experts across Appalachia

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