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Ukraine delegation to visit local economic leaders

Contributed • Oct 16, 2019 at 5:43 PM

Local government leaders from Ukraine will meet with economic development officials in Northeast Tennessee on Oct. 24 to learn how rural communities in the United States deal with community and economic development issues.

The Appalachian Resource Conservation and Development Council is joining with Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership and the First Tennessee Development District to host delegation members from the Ukraine, who want to learn more about how those issues are handled at the local level.

During their visit, the group will be taken on a tour to see examples of small business development and community spaces in the region.

“It is important to the group to experience local industry and see how creative solutions are applied to challenges at the local level,” Susan McKinney, ARC&D executive director, said. “They hope to gain a deeper understanding of how rural economies function and grow, and then take that information back and apply it to their own communities.”

The Ukraine delegation is a part of Global Communities Partners for Good. The mission of the group is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.

By visiting Northeast Tennessee, government leaders from Ukraine hope to gain insight into how small communities function as individual entities while working with state and federal agencies and organizations.

They will meet with organizational and community leaders, tour economic hubs, see agricultural areas, visit local businesses and be exposed to new ideas.

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