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. Launched in 2019, the first class of Fellows will graduate in July 2020. The Appalachian Leadership Institute is limited to 40 Fellows annually, which are chosen via a competitive application process. Every state in the Appalachian region will be represented in each cohort, reflecting the region’s diverse economic developmental challenges, opportunities, and strategies. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal and state government. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred investments in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses.