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Leadership Summit on the creative economy held Aug. 11 in Boone

BOONE—The Appalachian Regional Development Institute at Appalachian State University will hold its 8th Annual ARDI Leadership Summit Monday, Aug. 11.

The theme for this year’s summit is “Accelerating Our Economy: Tapping Creative Assets.” The program begins with registration at 8 a.m. at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on campus.

Registration is $65.

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The summit is open to anyone interested in learning about the creative economy and its influence on economic growth. The program will focus on emerging sectors in North Carolina’s economy.

Dr. David McGranahan, senior economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Resource and Rural Economics Division, will open the summit with an overview of the creative economy.

The luncheon speaker is N.C. School of the Arts Chancellor John Mauceri.

Session topics are “Tapping Creative Assets: Emerging Sectors in Agriculture and the Arts,” “Tapping Creative Assets: Emerging Sectors in Recreation and Natural Resources/Construction and Design” and “Financing the Creative Economy.”

Panelists include representatives from Childress Winery, MerleFest, New River Land Trust, Western North Carolina Film Commission, Handmade in America, The Golden Leaf Foundation and the Conservation Fund.

Summit sponsors include Appalachian Regional Development Institute, Appalachian State University, AdvantageWest, BioNetwork BioBusiness Center, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp., Future Forward Economic Alliance, High Country Council of Governments, Skyline Membership Corp., and Western Piedmont Council of Governments.

The Appalachian Regional Development Institute is an applied research and public service program at Appalachian. Through ARDI, the university makes its resources, faculty and professional staff available to address economic, business, government, and social issues and problems related to regional development.


Contact: Chilton Rogers, (828) 262-6662 or