2019 Annual Institute: September 18-20

The Brushy Fork Annual Institute serves to build the capacity of community-based leaders and organizations in Central Appalachia. It provides the training, resources, and networking tools Appalachian leaders need to work collaboratively and address the most pressing issues facing our region.

Our sessions cover a broad range of topics important to rural communities, from leadership development to economic development strategies. Attendees join an established learning community that provides opportunity to learn from what others have done and adapt what works.

The Annual Institute began in 2005 and is held each September at Berea College. over 130 people attended last year’s event. Attendees represented 6 states, 48 Appalachian counties, and more than 128 organizations.

Keep checking this page for updates that will allow you to connect with fellow community leaders, practitioners, and community development experts. Make sure to attend the next Brushy Fork Annual Institute to expand your regional network, gather resources to put your ideas into action, and gain new skills and insights that will enhance your ability to improve your community.

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Curious about what happened at the 2018 Annual Institute?
Click below to read the detailed agenda!