ARC Annual Summit Goes Virtual With Summer Showcase

This year, ARC’s annual summit is going virtual with a four week seminar series discussing major themes and best practices guiding the Region’s economic future. Register now for Economic Innovation + Ingenuity During COVID: An Appalachian Perspective, a free seminar produced in partnership with the state of Ohio. Join a session every Wednesday, 11 am (ET) August 19- September 9:

  • August 19: Lessons Learned in Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine; ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas; and Coshocton Port Authority Executive Director Tiffany Swigert; moderated by Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik.
  • August 26: Appalachia’s dual pandemics: Substance Abuse and COVID 19 with Deputy Secretary of Health Preparedness and Community Protection in Pennsylvania Ray Barishansky; Executive Director of Ross County Community Action Commission in Ohio Julie Bolen; and Executive Director of Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board in New York Jennifer Gregory; moderated by RecoveryOhio Director Alisha Nelson.
  • September 2: Highways to Cyberways: Innovations in Infrastructure with Natural Resources Business Specialist in Garrett County, Maryland Cheryl DeBerry; Executive Director of LENOWISCO Planning District Commission in Virginia Duane Miller; and Executive Director of DriveOhio Patrick Smith; moderated by Chief of the Office of BroadbandOhio Peter Voderberg.
  • September 9: Attracting the Socially Distant Tourist with Executive Director of the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Jeff Lusk; Director of TourismOhio Matthew MacLaren; and Producing Artistic Director of Barter Theatre in Virginia Katy Brown; moderated by Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik.

More information about the series is available at