ARC Now Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 Class of Appalachian Leadership Institute

Applications Due May 1, 2021 

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2021—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) began accepting applications for the third class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a leadership and economic development training opportunity for people who currently live and/or work in Appalachia. The Appalachian Leadership Institute is an extensive nine-month program focusing on skill-building, seminars, best practice reviews, mentoring, and networking. The curriculum is anchored by six multi-day seminars followed by a capstone graduation. Sessions are expected to take place throughout the Region should COVID-19 guidelines allow. 

As part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, participating 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 

Upon completion of the program, Fellows will automatically become part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute Alumni Network, a peer-to-peer working group committed to Appalachia’s future. Applications are currently being accepted at through May 1, 2021. The Appalachian Leadership Institute will run from October 2021-July 2022.  

“Addressing the various challenges facing communities throughout Appalachia ultimately requires local solutions,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “As we work together to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19, our hope is that the Appalachian Leadership Institute will continue to give local leaders skills and information that will foster innovative, local solutions, making their communities more resilient and prosperous.”

The Appalachian Leadership Institute is limited to 40 Fellows annually, drawn from Appalachia’s public, private, and non-profit sectors. Each class will include representatives from each of the thirteen state in the ARC footprint to reflect the region’s diverse economic development challenges, opportunities, and strategies. Travel and other participation costs will be covered by the Appalachian Regional Commission. 

About the Appalachian Leadership Institute  
The Appalachian Leadership Institute is a comprehensive regional leadership training program developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy; Tuskegee University; and Collective Impact. The current class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute includes representatives from a variety of sectors and industries such as education, health care, economic development, public service, and other professions. 

About the Appalachian Regional Commission 
The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.