Presented as a one-hour webinar on March 11, 2014, this presentation demonstrates the use of a Web-based tool (economicdiversityinappalachia.creconline.org) for exploring economic diversity trends in Appalachia and the United States as a whole. The webtool was prepared as part of a larger study commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Study components included an analysis of economic diversity trends in Appalachian counties and sub-regions, a summary of diversity trends, economic development practices, and diversification strategies in ten Appalachian counties, and recommendations for using the concept of economic diversity to inform economic development practice.
Mark White, Kostas Skordas, and Troy Mix presented this webinar. White and Skordas introduced the project, with White providing a formal demonstration of the webtool. Mix defined economic diversity and provided an overview of key findings about the distribution of economic diversity across US and Appalachian counties and regions (see minutes 5:00 - 18:30 of the video for this portion of the presentation)