The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) named Princeton native Brian Gupton — cofounder and CEO of Dataseam — to participate in the 2021-2022 class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute.

As an Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow, Gupton will participate in an extensive, nine-month series of skill-building seminars featuring regional experts, peer-to-peer learning, and case study analysis. The program begins virtually in October and culminates with the Class of 2021-2022’s graduation in July 2022.

“I am honored to congratulate the 2021-2022 class of Appalachian Leadership Institute fellows. These phenomenal Appalachians are the driving force of change in their communities,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. “The work of this new class of fellows—and the ones who came before — gives me hope to the future of our region and is a testament to all that can be accomplished when Appalachians work together.”

Gupton will work directly with public policy, community development, education, investment, and other professionals who live and/or work in the Region to identify and implement best practices and strategies to inspire positive change in their communities; build a robust network of leaders across the region; integrate community assets into long-last economic development strategies; and appreciate the diversity and commonalties of the 13 states in the Appalachian region.

Upon completion of the program, Gupton will automatically become part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute Network, a peer-to-peer working group committed to Appalachia’s future.

“I am proud to see Brian selected for this opportunity to serve,” said Superintendent Charles Morton of Harlan Independent Schools. “I think I speak for the 48 Dataseam schools statewide this recognition reflects his long-standing commitment to research, education, and workforce development in the eastern Kentucky region. I am excited he will be able to share our story and efforts with other doers and leaders from the 13 ARC states.”

Gupton was selected via a competitive application process. ARC received more than 115 qualified applications for the 2021-2022 Appalachian Leadership Institute class.

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