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Eastern Kentuckians ‘born ready’ to hear leaders discuss region’s future

Eastern Kentuckians ‘born ready’ to hear leaders...

WFPL reporter Erica Peterson posed an interesting question in a report for Louisville’s public radio station recently: “Can a Kentucky Politician Win By Being Candid About Coal’s Decline?” She reports that Kentucky politics...
MACED releases five new strategy briefs

MACED releases five new strategy briefs

Thanks to the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, there are more ideas than ever surfacing about how best to advance eastern Kentucky’s economy forward. Some of those ideas have real potential to make a lasting and broad-based...
Is ‘brain drain’ inaccurate? New study reveals reality of ‘rural return’

Is ‘brain drain’ inaccurate? New study reveals r...

Thanks to slews of media reports, academic studies and political speeches about the ills of Appalachia, we’ve all heard of what is supposedly one of our region’s more insidious ills: “brain drain.” It’s the idea that all of Appalachia’s “best and...
One reporter gives good, comprehensive report about Appalachian Transition

One reporter gives good, comprehensive report about Appalach...

There has been some relatively dire (and somewhat bias) reporting about Appalachia coming from the national media lately. But at least one news outlet is looking at a more broad and complete picture of the region – a picture that showcases the...
Appalachian Transition movement should employ participatory budgeting

Appalachian Transition movement should employ participatory ...

City governments across the country (and world) are trying a new system of budgeting that seems to be working well for them and their citizens. Participatory budgeting is a process of decision-making in which non-elected community members decide...
Ex-Pat Appalachian’s Story can Help with Transition

Ex-Pat Appalachian’s Story can Help with Transition

“I don’t know whether I’m part of Appalachia anymore, but Appalachia is part of me,” says Graham Shelby in a wonderful Lexington Herald-Leader essay published last week. It’s a refrain so many young Appalachian ex-pats find themselves...
There’s Precedent for the Transition Assistance Eastern Kentucky Needs

There’s Precedent for the Transition Assistance Easter...

The new power plant rules proposed this week will make coal less competitive in the coming decades. It’s just one factor pointing toward continued decline in eastern Kentucky coal production, the main causes of which are the rising cost of...
The “Creative Class” in Appalachia

The “Creative Class” in Appalachia

Big cities get a lot of attention for attracting the “creative class,” those folks who make their living in the arts, design, architecture or other creative fields. Much has been made of the importance of attracting this community,...
Berea wins “Livable Community” award to support local food

Berea wins “Livable Community” award to support ...

Berea, Kentucky is one of four winners of a competition held by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Department of Agriculture. The “Livable Communities” award was granted to support...
‘Looking at Appalachia’ allows others to see region through Appalachian peoples’ lens

‘Looking at Appalachia’ allows others to see reg...

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, and the retrospectives about how far (or how little) Appalachia has come have been pouring out of national media outlets like the poverty pictures of 1964 Appalachia poured out into the...
A Place Worth Fighting For

A Place Worth Fighting For

Given all the negative reporting about Appalachia’s problems and the subsequent “brain drain,” it may seem surprising that there are young people who are committed to their homes and communities, who feel an unbreakable tie to the mountains and who...
Welcome to the new Appalachian Transition blog!

Welcome to the new Appalachian Transition blog!

Welcome to Renew Appalachia, the new home of the Appalachian Transition blog. We hope you like the new look, and find the site easier to navigate. In addition to our regular blog posts, in the coming months, we’ll be featuring guest bloggers...
Transition Stories: Whitesburg businesses build something together

Transition Stories: Whitesburg businesses build something to...

One thing Amelia Kirby and David Fisher both knew when they opened businesses in downtown Whitesburg was that they wouldn’t get rich. They knew it was about something larger. I. Summit City When Kirby and her partner, Joel Beverly, opened Summit...
Real leadership for Appalachia necessary in upcoming elections

Real leadership for Appalachia necessary in upcoming electio...

Brace yourselves; election season is coming. We’re already seeing political ads claiming this candidate is taking us to hell in a hand basket, or that candidate is going to single-handedly save Kentucky. Unfortunately, so far there have been few...