“Harnessing the Power of the Network to Accelerate Appalachia’s Transition” March 19, 20, & 21, 2013 Asheville, North Carolina Gathering Agenda: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 A Capital Idea: Creating Funding Partnerships for Rural Appalachia (Renaissance Hotel, Windsor Ballroom A&B)10:00 a.m. Registration Opens (Windsor Corridor)12:00 p.m. Lunch &Welcome Remarks Todd Greene, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Kim Zeuli, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Paul Kaboth, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland12:30 p.m. How Can Directed Capital Jumpstart Community Change? Dave Wilhelm,Founder of Woodland Venture Management1:15 p.m. Framework for Lending and Investment in Appalachia NDC1:45 p.m. The Art of Co-Lending: Real Projects and Partnerships at Work NCIF BB&T MACED2:45 p.m. Being a Community Finance Leader in Rural Appalachia Shaw Canale, Mountain Bizworks Clint Gwin, Pathways Lending Dave Prosser, Freedom First Credit Union Banker: TBD3:45 p.m. Coffee Break4:00 p.m. Angel Funds: The Opportunity of Private Equity Tom Parkinson, Adena Venture Fund Ray Moncreif, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation Becky Ceperley, Greater Kanawha Valley Community Foundation Angel Investor: TBD5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks Appalachian Cultural Sharing Celebration (On Broadway, 49 Broadway Street)6:30 p.m. Welcome Session Cherokee Preservation Foundation (confirmation pending) Opening Cherokee Blessing7:40 p.m. Cultural Sharing Performances Appalachian Music by TBD Cherokee Historical Association’s Mountain Side Theater Latino Performance: TBD Andrea Clarke, Photography Exhibition: “Urban Renewal in Asheville”9:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
“Harnessing the Power of the Network to Accelerate Appalachia’s Transition” March 19, 20, & 21, 2013 Asheville, North Carolina Gathering Agenda: Wednesday, March20, 20137:30 a.m. Registration Opens(Windsor Corridor) Morning refreshments available9:00 a.m. Official Opening &Welcome (Windsor Ballroom A&B) Welcome to Asheville, North Carolina o Elizabeth Brazas, President of the Western North Carolina Community Foundation Re-grounding in the Goals, Purpose, & Vision of the Network o Sandra Mikush, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation10:00a.m. On-the-Ground Site Visits(Transportation between the site visits and hotel will be provided) Session Objective:Showcase local development efforts and capture the key ideas, lessons learned, and strategies to grow entrepreneurs and develop promising sectors of food, energy, and health in other Appalachian communities. o Food Systems - Hosted byAppalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project & Blue Ridge Food Ventures with support from food based entrepreneurs Smoking J’s Fiery Foods, and others. o Energy - Hosted by Land of Sky with support from FLS Energy and Blue Ridge Biofuels, EvolveEnergy, Catawba Valley Eco Complex, and the Mountain Associations for Community Economic Development. o Health as Economic Development - Hosted by the Bent Creek Institute with support from entrepreneurs in rural health services and integrative healthcare sectors. o Growing Entrepreneurs - Hosted by Mountain BizWorks with support from AB Tech Community College, Chamber of Commerce, and other local organizations.12:00p.m. Working Lunch & Strategic Discussions at Site Visit Locations Session Objective:Define the types of capacities, policy changes, and investments needed to grow entrepreneurs and develop the promising sectors of food, energy, and health.
“Harnessing the Power of the Network to Accelerate Appalachia’s Transition” March 19, 20, & 21, 2013 Asheville, North Carolina3:00 p.m. Participants Return to the Renaissance Hotel Snacks and coffee available3:30p.m. Reconvene for Reports &Reflections From Across Each Site Visit Share reflections and define critical connections through strategic conversations5:00p.m. Closing Remarks by Earl Gohl, Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission Vision for coming together as a region to accelerate the economic transition5:30 p.m. Adjourn6:30 p.m. Networking Social –Grantmakers Only(Top of the Plaza)8:00 p.m. Dinner On Your Own Please see your packet for a list of area restaurants.
“Harnessing the Power of the Network to Accelerate Appalachia’s Transition” March 19, 20, & 21, 2013 Asheville, North Carolina Gathering Agenda: Thursday, March 21, 2013 (Grantmakers Only –Windsor Ballroom A&B)8:00 a.m. Morning Refreshments8:30 a.m. Welcome &Opening Remarks9:00 a.m. Site Visits Reflections & Analysis Sessions Objective: Deepen our collective learning and analysis around ways to support entrepreneurship and grow the promising sectors of energy, food, and health.10:00a.m. Re-imagine our Shared Vision &Strategy for Appalachia’s Economic Transition Session Objective:Define the fundamental strategies, principles, and sectors that can help bring our vision for Appalachia’s transition to life. (Review a working document that integrates our vision, analysis, and ideas from past gatherings)10:30 a.m. Break Coffee available10:45 a.m. Network Business Meeting Session Objective:Review ways to structure a financially sustainable funder-driven network (including a membership dues structure), and gain consensus on the Network’spolicies and procedures.12:00 noon Lunch Service Begins12:15 p.m. Moving Our Collective Work Forward Session Objective: Review the successes of our current working groups (Food Systems and Startup Appalachia), and launch new working groups on topics such as energy, health, and social justice.1:15 p.m. Closing Remarks & Gathering Evaluation1:30 p.m. Adjourn