GTR LINK’s Meryl Fisackerly named ARC Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow


GTR LINK’s Meryl Fisackerly named ARC Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow

Golden Triangle, Mississippi – The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has named Meryl Fisackerly, Vice President of Economic Development at the Golden Triangle Development LINK as fellow for the 2021-2022 class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute.   


As an Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow, Fisackerly 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.


“Meryl has been an outstanding addition to our team since day one,” says Joe Max Higgins, Jr., CEO of the GTR LINK. “She is very talented and deserves this honor . I look for her to do great things in development in our community and statewide.”


“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.”


Fisackerly 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.


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


The Appalachian Leadership Institute is a comprehensive regional leadership training program developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy; Tuskegee University; and Collective Impact. More information about the Appalachian Leadership Institute is available at




About the GTR LINK:

The Golden Triangle Development LINK is the nationally-recognized, regional economic development organization for Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties. Located in northeast Mississippi, the GTR LINK’s current record of investment totals $7 billion and nearly 7,500 jobs.

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