May 9, 2017


Sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), this 3-day workshop will provide teams with skills to capitalize on opportunities related to sustainable drivers for local economic development, cultural heritage and natural resource tourism, public arts promotion, and preservation and stewardship of community character.

In addition to enhancing a community's natural and historic assets, the role of the arts---particularly in revitalizing downtowns--will be explored by community teams to assist in developing strategies to safeguard community character and drive local economic development.

The Appalachian Gateway Regional Workshop is open to teams of 4-7 members from communities that are entry points to Appalachia's most important natural assets--national and state parks and forests!

The team application deadline is March 24th! The team registration fee is $550.

Limited travel assistance available! Participating teams will also be eligible to apply for seed grant funding to help implement the action plan developed at the workshop!

To learn more about this event, download the workshop flyer! To apply, download the team application!

For questions on forming a team, please contact Katie Allen (304-876-7925 |

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