Appalachian Regional Commission releases new suite of resources
Earlier this month, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) released Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia, a suite of new research reports and resources to support entrepreneurial development in Appalachia. A companion website documents and compares entrepreneurial activity in each of Appalachia’s 420 counties, and includes a working inventory of support services available to entrepreneurs across the region.

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia project was led by EntreWorks Consulting in partnership with LOCUS Impact Investing/Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness. We encourage you to explore the website and materials for possible application in your own communities.

LOCUS is currently working on the ground in ARC regions in Southeastern Ohio, West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. You can contact Deb Markley for more information.
Other Center News
Coming Soon! Watch your inbox for an announcement in the very near future about a new partnership and initiative to help rural communities throughout the country build entrepreneurial ecosystems and more prosperous communities. We're very excited by this new venture and can't wait to tell you about it!
Development Opportunities
On Oct. 3 a full house convened to hear Don Macke present the findings of a recent Development Opportunity Profile commissioned by NetWork Kansas for Marion County Kansas.

Macke presents Generational Diversity topic
Macke presents topic on generational diversity in Klamath Falls, OR.
Rural Business & Innovation Summit
Don Macke attended the summit last month on behalf of Klamath IDEA, a community initiative aimed at improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem in south central Oregon. Don presented the topic, Where Have all the Young People Gone: Keys to Attracting and Retaining Younger Adults.

Field News
2018 Eship Summit Takeaways. Be sure to read this thoughtful blog by Simone Elder, NetWork Kansas, highlighting this year's Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation summit where entrepreneurship ecosystem builders from all 50 states were reunited.

Macke and Dell Gines (right) share ideas in Kansas City.