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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

University of Tennessee

Building a Sustainable Future for Appalachian Governance

UT hosted an October workshop at the Baker Center for Public Policy to determine characteristics of good governance and to develop scenarios related to potential governance issues. Participants met in breakout groups and plenary sessions to evaluate governance issues at four scales: local, state, national, and international. ATP students worked with local leaders, researchers, and stakeholders to explore the special challenges confronting rural Appalachian communities and to assess future governance in the region.

Based on these findings, UT students conducted a trends analysis for each of the five ARC subregions. Using case study communities from each subregion, the students identified current and future opportunities and concerns for these areas. Students then developed three future scenarios for each subregion (light, dark, and status quo), identified subregional priorities, and developed recommendations to improve rural governance, address possible or emerging issues, and create opportunities for economic growth.

Final Report

Student Participants: Rachel Tuck, Jessica Moe, Chris Barber, Blake Giles, Kevin Judge

Faculty: Tim Ezzell, Bruce Tonn


Contact Information:

Tim Ezzell, Ph.D.
Director Community Partnership Center
University of Tennessee
UT Conference Center, Suite 311
Knoxville, TN 37996-0645
Telephone: 865-974-9036




Previous Conference Participation:  2009


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