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Investing in Appalachia's YOUTH 2014


Investing in Appalachia's Youth Conference, October 8-9, 2014, Florence, Alabama


Many communities in Appalachia, especially those in rural areas, are facing the impacts of high rates of youth outmigration:  the loss of potential workers, business owners, community leaders, and parents of the next generation. The Appalachian Regional Commission’s October 2014 Investing in Appalachia’s Youth conference will focus on strategies communities can use to support Appalachia’s youth and help engage and retain the youth population.


Conference sessions will focus on critical strategies for reversing youth outmigration, including:

  • Targeting entrepreneurial programs to youth
  • Engaging youth in civic leadership and organizing
  • Preparing Appalachia’s youth for tomorrow’s jobs

Join your colleagues October 8-9 to learn how your community can invest in its youth to help build a stronger future. Registration will be available soon! Watch your email for more information or visit www.arc.gov for updates.


 When: October 8-9, 2014
 Where: Marriott Shoals Hotel, Florence, Alabama


Visit www.arc.gov in the coming days for more information and to register.




Exporting Education coming to Region

Eastern Kentucky University - CEDET has partnered with the World Trade Center Kentucky along with targeted business and governmental
agencies to present a workshop on exporting aimed at central and southeastern Kentucky business owners and entrepreneurs to help realize the potential in exporting their products and
services. The Kentucky Export Initiative (KEI) Export Education Series workshops, begins with our offering of "Made in Kentucky, Sold to the World." This free seminar will be offered
Tuesday, August 26th on the EKU Campus.

Contact Yvonne Harrison to pre-register at 606-622-7995 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2014 Annual Institute: September 23-26

Shared experience. Diverse perspectives. Engaged citizens.

The Brushy Fork Annual Institute is a three-day training event featuring hands-on workshop tracks and informative plenary sessions presented by nationally-known experts. The Annual Institute is hosted each September on the beautiful campus of Berea College, just off I-75 in Central Kentucky. Our event brings together citizen leaders from all across Appalachia who serve as catalysts for community transformation to work and learn together and to participate in creating a more prosperous future for our Appalachian communities.

By attending the Annual Institute, you will:

  • Join a group of inspired leaders who are making a positive difference throughout Appalachia.
  • Expand your network of contacts and gather resources for turning your ideas into reality.
  • Acquire hands-on skills to meet your community's challenges and needs.

To learn more about this event, please use the navigation panel to the left. If you would like to be added to our mailing list so that you will receive more specific information, please complete the Berea Brushy Fork Institute information form.



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