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A conference for local elected officials and development staff.


Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Belmont College, St. Clairsville, OH


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Tentative Agenda


9:00 a.m.   

Registration and Networking

9:30 a.m. 


9:40 a.m. 

Remarks from Special Guests

10:00 a.m.  

Federal Agency Panel

Moderator: Briggs White, Deputy Executive Director, IWG

10:45 p.m. 

Interagency Working Group Roundtable “Speed Networking” for communities

Visit with the various Agencies from the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities & Economic Revitalization (IWG) during a speed network roundtable including:

  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Economic Development Administration
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce – National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Department of Interior - tentative
  • Department of Health and Human Services - tentative

12:00 p.m. 

Lunch Break / Networking

12:45 p.m.  

Appalachian Community Grant Program, Lessons Learned – Round I Implementation

Getting ready for 2023 submissions, lessons learned to date

  • Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program and New Leaf Justice Enterprises: Jennifer Siefert, Executive Director
  • Athens, Coshocton, Logan and Somerset: Steve Patterson, City of Athens Mayor
  • Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia (ORCA): Jessie Powers, Executive Director
  • Utica Shale Academy: William Watson, Superintendent
1:45 p.m.

GIS Collaborative Announcement


  • Matt Trainer,  Senior GIS Project Manager, Voinovich School

2:00 p.m. 

Local Development Districts – Resources waiting for you!

Moderator: John Carey, Director, Governor’s Office of Appalachia


3:00 p.m.  

Closing and Key Takeaways

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.   








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