The Appalachian Regional Commission‘s (ARC) 2023 Annual Conference will take place on September 11-12, 2023 in Ashland, Kentucky.
This year’s theme is Appalachia Rises: Resilience, Strength & Transformation.
“It’s fitting that the conference theme this year focuses on resilience,” said ARC States’ Co-Chair, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.
“Last year, Eastern Kentucky was hit by the worst flooding in our state’s history. As we recover together, the strength and spirit our people have shown has been amazing. We’re excited to welcome hundreds to Ashland for this great event, and we’re ready to continue our work with the ARC as we rebuild and transform our Appalachian region,” he continued.
With a special focus on the importance of resilience and collaboration in the region, the 2023 conference will feature partners from across Appalachia who work daily to revitalize communities by creating and expanding workforce development, growing sectors like outdoor recreation, developing entrepreneurs, and building leadership and community capacity.
“Collaboration has always been the key to growth in the Appalachian Region,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin.
“As such, ARC looks forward to the opportunity to gather in Ashland with our partners from across all of our region’s 13 states for our annual conference. This convening will allow ARC’s local, state, and federal partners to come together to share ideas, foster support, and create forward-thinking plans for Appalachia’s bright future, all while enjoying the energy and revitalization of downtown Ashland, Kentucky,” she added.