New Workshop for Appalachian Gateway Communities

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From Katie Allen, Director, Conservation Leadership Network –

We are excited to announce that we are offering a NEW Workshop for Appalachian Gateway Communities this August.

Since 2007, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with The Conservation Fund, have helped Appalachian “gateway” communities – those that are entry points or adjacent to Appalachia’s national and state parks and forests – expand tourism, arts, and other community and economic development opportunities. With programming that has included targeted technical assistance, community tourism assessments, tourism planning workshops, and small grants for project implementation, the Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative (AGCI) has touched more than 1,000 communities and 100 counties.

In August 2018, The Conservation Fund will host the inaugural Advanced Project Implementation Workshop for Appalachian Gateway Communities in Shepherdstown, WV. This 3-day workshop is designed for teams from gateway communities that have previously participated in AGCI activities or are ready to implement new or ongoing community projects. In addition to hearing from both national and regional experts, a main feature of the workshop will be to reassess and build capacity for community projects and planning efforts, as well as receive technical assistance on various topics to develop an action-oriented roadmap for implementation.

The full team application materials can be found on the Course Web Page. The team application deadline is May 31st. The Appalachian Regional Commission list of counties can be found here.

Please feel free to reach out to Katie Allen (304-876-7925 | or Kendra Briechle (703-908-5817 | to learn more about this opportunity. Please also feel free to forward this information to others in the Appalachian Region.

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