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The Appalachia Initiative: Bipartisan Approach for the 21st Century

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
SVC 201-200
Washington, DC 20510
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The Bipartisan Policy Center and U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, David Perdue, Thom Tillis, and Mark Warner convened regional and national stakeholders to capture innovative ideas for economic growth in the Appalachian region. We worked collectively to develop pragmatic policy solutions focused on improving job training, economic development, healthcare, and strengthening the infrastructure and energy sectors in the region.

BPC, the senators, and Appalachian stakeholders discussed our bipartisan approach to help the region chart a new path toward greater prosperity.

First Panel:

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA)

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC)

U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)

Moderated by:

Jason Grumet
President, Bipartisan Policy Center

Second Panel:

Dan Gerlach
President, Golden LEAF Foundation

Regina Labelle
Former Chief of Staff, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Israel O’Quinn
Member, Virginia House of Delegates

Lyle Roelofs
President, Berea College

Tom Smith
Commissioner of Highways and Secretary of Transportation, West Virginia Department of Transportation

Moderated by:

Sandy Davis
Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center


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