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ARC Names Reist as Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has named Tami Reist, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) president and CEO, as a 2020-2021 Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow.    As a Fellow, Reist will participate in the Appalachian Leadership Institute, an extensive nine-month series of online skill-building seminars featuring regional experts, peer-to-peer learning, and case study analysis beginning in mid-October through July, 2021. Topics include: · Designing effective economic development project proposals;· Integrating community assets into long-lasting economic development strategies;· Identifying resources available to spur economic development;· Locating and accessing investment capital from a variety of public and private sources;· Preparing competitive applications for public grant opportunities; and· Using expanded leadership skills to create strong coalitions. Upon completion of the program, Reist will automatically become part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute Network, a peer-to-peer working group committed to Appalachia’s future.  AMLA Chairwoman of the Board Katy Norton said, “Tami Reist has dedicated her career to creating stronger economies through tourism development in the 16 counties of North Alabama. Being selected for the Appalachian Leadership Institute recognizes her years of leadership, her ability to successfully collaborate with others and her ongoing commitment to exploring new and creative avenues that lead to further economic and tourism development. I know she will take this opportunity to learn from the other valued participants and to share her experience that will not only enhance the economic potential of the Appalachian region but North Alabama as well.”
 Reist was selected via a competitive application process. ARC received over 100 applications for the 2020-2021 Appalachian Leadership Institute class and selected 40 applicants.  “Congratulations to the new class of Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows. The skills development and network-building opportunities offered by this program have proven to be valuable, and this past year has shown that effective local leadership is essential,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “This program has adjusted well to the present circumstance and offers a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from those who have provided leadership for their communities through difficult circumstances.” The Appalachian Leadership Institute is a comprehensive regional leadership training program developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy; Tuskegee University; and Collective Impact. This is the second year of the program. More information, including a complete list of current Fellows, is available at  About the Appalachian Regional Commission The Appalachian Regional Commission ( is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.  

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