April 15, 2013 - Harrogate, Tennessee, April 15, 2013 –Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) School of Business, in partnership with Discover Downtown Middlesboro, will host internationally recognized revitalization expert Storm Cunningham on Friday, April 19, at 6 p.m. Cunningham’s one-hour talk will be held in Math and Science Building Auditorium 100 on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. A question and answer session will follow.

Cunningham is author of the Restoration Economy and ReWealth, and CEO of ReCitizen, L3C. His website is transforming the way people revitalize places by utilizing “crowd” technologies. During his talk he will share the potential of crowdmapping (to perceive opportunities), crowdsourcing (to design projects) and crowdfunding (to launch projects) to put tools into the hands of citizens to revitalize their own communities.

On April 20, the strategic planning will begin with a community leaders workshop facilitated by Cunningham. In the following months faculty and students from LMU School of Business will analyze feedback and conduct additional research to prepare the formal strategic plan. The plan is expected to be completed around September.

Middlesboro will be one of just a few pilots nationally to use the new technology that Cunningham has developed at Subsequent to the planning exercise Cunningham has also agreed to use Middlesboro as an example of successful community-led revitalization efforts nationally.

In addition to using in preparation of the strategic plan, upon completion of the plan will help with implementation of projects people have identified as priorities for them.

This event is made possible through the generous financial support of the Appalachian Regional Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Other partners include Appalachian Regional Healthcare – Middlesboro, Bell County, Bell County Chamber of Commerce, Bell County Historical Society, City of Middlesboro, Kentucky Heritage Council, Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Main Street Program, Kentucky Small Business Development Center, Lincoln Memorial University, Preservation Kentucky and TourSEKY.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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