ARC Annual States Conference Goes Virtual Announcement: 8/19/20

Aug 17, 2020
ARC States Conference

 

Registration Now Open for Virtual Webinar Series: Economic Innovation + Ingenuity During COVID—An Appalachian Perspective
ARC pivots from annual summit, and launches free virtual seminar divided into four sessions in partnership with the state of Ohio. COVID-19: An Appalachian Perspective, will discuss community resiliency, Opportunity Zone investments, and other strategies illustrating Appalachian ingenuity. As the ARC States Co-chair, Governor DeWine will kick off the first of four weekly webinars beginning this Wednesday,  on August 19th at 11 am (ET) and will continue every Wednesday at 11 am (ET) from August 19th–September 9th. Register now at arc.gov/summit!

 

Sessions:

LESSONS LEARNED IN LEADERSHIP DURING THE COVID CRISIS - August 19, 2020, 11 am

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas, Coshocton Port Authority Executive Director and Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow Tiffany Swigert, have responded with decisive and innovative strategies to keep people safe and our economies stable. During this conversation, moderated by Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik, these leaders will discuss how their COVID-19 response plans were developed, implemented, and adjusted to build resilience throughout the Region.

APPALACHIA’S DUAL PANDEMICS: SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND COVID-19 - August 26, 2020, 11 am

Before confirmed COVID cases appeared in Appalachia, the Region was already experiencing epidemic levels of substance abuse and overdose deaths in comparison to the rest of the country. This session, moderated by RecoveryOhio Director Alisha Nelson, will explore how Appalachia communities in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania are adapting substance abuse services in the time of COVID, from intervention and long-term recovery to workforce re-entry.

 

HIGHWAYS TO CYBERWAYS: INNOVATIONS IN INFRASTRUCTURE - September 2, 2020, 11 am

Investments in roads and water are the building blocks of infrastructure. The new infrastructure frontier includes broadband and smart technologies. In this session, moderated by Chief of the Ohio Office of Broadband Peter Voderberg, will focus on how public-private partnerships have continued creating economic opportunities in advanced infrastructure across the Region during the COVID crisis.

ATTRACTING THE SOCIALLY DISTANT TOURIST - September 9, 2020, 11 am

Many Appalachian communities have invested in their natural and cultural assets to build sustainable economic development plans. With social distancing and travel restrictions in place, the COVID crisis has forced a rethinking of these strategies. This discussion, moderated by Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik, will ask how Appalachia’s tourist economy has pivoted to continue economic progress.

For more information, please contact Kathy Zook: kzook@eastgatecog.org