The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has named three leaders from the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission region as 2020-2021 Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced 40 Fellows who will be participating in the second class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute. The class draws on each one of Appalachia’s 13 states and includes professionals who live and/or work in the Region in civil service, finance, healthcare tourism, and a variety of public and private sectors.

The following area leaders will represent Southern Ohio in an intensive leadership development program:

• Todd Wilkin, City Manager, Village of Greenfield, Greenfield;

• Beth Pirtle-Frazer, President, Manchester Renaissance Foundation, Inc., Manchester;

• Samuel Brady, Executive Director, Jackson County Economic Development Partnership (JCEDP), Jackson.

In addition to these three community leaders representing the OVRDC region, Diane Lautenschleger from the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau will also be part of this year’s inductees.

As Fellows in the Appalachian Leadership Institute, participants will attend 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.

Regarding his selection, JCEDP Executive Director Brady stated, “I am humbled to have been selected for this year’s Appalachian Leadership Institute. I am very excited to meet other leaders from across the Appalachian region, and to bring other ideas and best practices back home to Jackson County and southern Ohio.”