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Appalachian Regional Commission wraps up conference

Posted by collegegreenou on October 29, 2009

By Lisa Gumerman
CG Lifestyles and People Editor

The Athens-hosted Appalachian Regional Conference wrapped up today with a closing reception and lunch in Walter Hall. Those in charge considered the conference, whose attendees totaled over 450 during its three-day span, a success.

“I think we met our objectives,” said Fred Deel, director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, part of the Ohio Department of Development. He urged the crowd not to forget what they learned and imagined during the conference.

“I challenge you … to take what we pulled together in this conference and take it to your local communities,” he said. Regardless of the region’s size, ideas that worked in one area could be translated to another. And if even one of the ideas sparked during the conference were enacted in each community, Appalachia would be just that much more poised for the future.

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The ARC conference in Athens closes with a speech from Fred Deel, director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia, Ohio. Photo by Sara Salman

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