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For the third installment of the annual Regional Peer-to-Peer Convening, the Central Appalachian Network (CAN) will be hosting a virtual conference in January of 2021. With the uncertainty of the months to come, CAN is prioritizing the health and safety of its network and members. We know this pivotal time of crisis has provided an opportunity to build the just transition of Central Appalachia in a way that benefits all. We recognize that bringing folks together for shared strategy and visioning is critical to this moment. 

While we grieve the loss of face-to-face time and connection, we are excited to virtually connect with our current network and expand our network with an event more accessible than ever before. We welcome you to join us in exploring this year’s theme of Bending not Breaking: Appalachian Resilience in Uncertain Times. The virtual conference will open up an opportunity to engage more folks in unprecedented ways and remove barriers to attendance such as travel time and costs. We welcome economic development practitioners, community change makers, funders & investors, and experts & supports from across the Central Appalachian region to join us

2021 Convening Objectives: 

Inform and advance collaborative regional strategies
Cultivate peer-to-peer sharing, learning & capacity building
Encourage attendees to engage with & make progress on cross-cutting, big picture issues
Expand connections, relationships, trust, and partnerships across the broader Appalachian transition movement.

More detailed information on the agenda coming soon!

The virtual convening will feature sessions on topics such as:

Clean Energy

Food & Ag Systems (Healthy Food Access, Aggregation & Distribution, Value Chains)

Creative Placemaking & Downtown Revitalization 

Equity & Inclusion

Outdoor Recreation & Tourism

Sustainable Forestry & Non-Timber Forest Products

Climate Change & Resilience 

Pandemic Response & Small Businesses