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Updated Convening Dates: March 10, 11 & 12, 2021

Your tickets will automatically transfer to the new dates. If you are unavailable to attend those dates we are happy to issue you a refund. Please contact Max Murray at with refund requests or questions. 

For the third installment of the annual Regional Peer-to-Peer Convening, the Central Appalachian Network (CAN) will be hosting a virtual conference on March 10, 11 & 12, 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.


2021 CAN Convening Draft Agenda: 

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Do you have an idea for a creative placemaking, clean energy, or food & ag systems session for this year’s convening? You can find our Request for Session Proposals here.

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