As a new graduate of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, NETL’s Anthony Armaly has acquired valuable tools and perspectives and created an expanded network of contacts to promote and implement Lab initiatives across Appalachia. Armaly became one of 40 fellows on Nov. 19 to graduate from the inaugural class of the institute, a leadership and economic development program sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The ARC is a federal program that serves 13 states and 420 counties from southern New York to northern Mississippi. ARC’s mission is to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. “My time in the program has been outstanding. The networking and ability to learn from the diverse perspectives of leaders across Appalachia is something I will be able to utilize for the rest of my career,” said Armaly, manager of Global Partnerships and federal coordinator of the NETL Regional Workforce Initiative.