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New River Community and Technical College
Ghent, WV
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Come have a Great Adventure with NACCE and New River Community & Technical College at our Regional Summit in Ghent, West Virginia on Thursday, February 20, 2014. This powerful professional development opportunity for community college educators and administrators will have nationally recognized speakers address the critical role of rural community colleges in supporting artisan and tourism entrepreneurs and the positive impact it has on the local economy. The day will also include a special networking breakfast for presidents to see NACCE research in action at some of the most entrepreneurial community colleges in the nation.

7:45-8:45 AM President's breakfast hosted by President Washington

8:50-11:00 AM General Session

Welcome by President Washington

Keynote Panel: Moderated by Dr. Therese Fellner, VP, Membership- NACCE

  • David Hughes- Business Development Analyst, Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Darrell Akins- Founder and CEO, Akins Public Strategies  
Keynote Speaker:
  • Todd Christensen- Executive Director, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation

 Panel Discussion: Best Practices in Supporting Artisanal Small Businesses

11:00-11:30 AM Agency Resource/Partnership Fair

11:30-12:15 PM Lunch by local caterer, Fruits of Labor

12:15-1:30 PM RiffRaff Arts Collective Workshop

1:30-2:30 PM Panel of Artisan Entrepreneurs: What Do We Need to Succeed?


2:30-3:30 PM Team Presentation by Northeast State: Conducting a DACUM and Community Mapping

Northeast State Community College Team Panel:

3:30-4:30 PM Economic Outlook – Tourism Industry Panel Discussion

How do we fuel this as educators and business owners?

  • Todd Christensen - Executive Director, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
  • Leslie Baker - Director of Operations for the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine Complex and Campground, the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia and Mountain Homestead, and Wildwood House Museum
  • Ron Magruder - Retired- previous Chairman of National Restaurant Association and previous President of Cracker Barrel
  • Jackie Whitley, Southern West Virginia CTC (Shared Vision Project Awardee)


4:30-5:15 PM Kid in the Background – Media Experience!

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