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Some advice to SOAR from the War on Poverty

Some advice to SOAR from the War on Poverty

The second Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) summit is almost a week away. Much has been speculated about what SOAR will produce, about what SOAR lacks, and about the many possibilities and opportunities SOAR can create. In preparation for the...

Round-Up of News Coverage about President Obama’s prop...

Yesterday, President Obama announced in his proposed budget a significant monetary lifeline for eastern Kentucky and all of Central Appalachia’s coalfields. He’s proposing $1 billion in Abandoned Mine Lands Funds for reclamation efforts...

MACED statement on announcement of President Obama’s propose...

Berea, Ky. – The POWER Plus Plan announced by President Obama today is a welcome and hopeful sign that brings with it much opportunity for coalfield communities. MACED believes smart federal investment is essential for creating a brighter economic...
Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative installs solar system, first in EKY to do so

Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative installs solar system, fi...

By: Ivy Brashear Customers of Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC) can now see something new, and perhaps surprising, when they drive up to the RECC’s headquarters in Grayson, Ky.: a newly installed solar electric system. The 10.8...
Traditional Appalachian foodways can carry us into the future

Traditional Appalachian foodways can carry us into the futur...

It’s been said that the only thing Appalachians have done longer than mine coal is grow food. The oral histories of this region will attest to that: The granny who canned all her harvest for winter in the canning house that still stands; the...
Maxson to resign at end of February, join Babcock Foundation

Maxson to resign at end of February, join Babcock Foundation

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) Board of Directors announced today that President Justin Maxson is accepting the position of executive director at the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem, N.C. His...
Eastern Kentucky reporter is optimistic about the possibilities in her community

Eastern Kentucky reporter is optimistic about the possibilit...

“With the start of this new year, I’ve given myself permission to dream big – not only for my own life, but also for our entire region.” That’s how Hazard Herald reporter Mindy Beth Miller starts her most recent column for...

New year, new transition opportunities

Happy New Year! Renew Appalachia has been on hiatus over the Holidays, and at least a couple of big developments happened over the break that have big potential for the Appalachian Transition movement in 2015. Broadband Internet will be expanded to...
Abandoned Mine Lands funds should be reinvested in just economic transition

Abandoned Mine Lands funds should be reinvested in just econ...

Central Appalachia needs more than just good ideas to shepherd the region through a just economic transition; it needs investment – and lots of it – to make those ideas a reality. That may seem like a tall order, especially given that...
Beekeepers in Ky. and W.Va. want more hives on surface mined land

Beekeepers in Ky. and W.Va. want more hives on surface mined...

Some people in West Virginia think bees and honey production could be a viable option for transitioning former mined land into usable space. In Hernshaw, W.V., the state’s Apiary Inspector, Wade Siltner, watches over seven small bee hives on...
Kentucky Moonshine Trail? Whitesburg could be the first stop

Kentucky Moonshine Trail? Whitesburg could be the first stop

It looks like downtown Whitesburg, Ky., will soon be home to a legal moonshine distillery, and that’s a good thing. Kentucky has seen recent success with its Bourbon Trail drawing thousands of visitors to the state each year, and it stands to...
Who runs the Kentucky economy? Small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Who runs the Kentucky economy? Small businesses and entrepre...

Kentucky is powered by small businesses. And when I say small, I mean small. Ninety-four percent of small businesses in the state have less than 50 employees, and 74 percent have less than 10. This is part of the reason why increased investment in...
Eastern Kentucky ‘will not thrive without significant and smarter investment’

Eastern Kentucky ‘will not thrive without significant ...

A central theme is woven through all of MACED’s new strategy briefs, and it is crucial to the success of any of the other strategies: increased investment. Why is investment so important to eastern Kentucky? MACED explains in its final new...
Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition student reflects on time at annual Fancy Farm picnic

Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition student reflects on...

Editor’s Note: In an effort to include a more diverse and varied set of voices in the Appalachian Transition conversation, Renew Appalachia will begin featuring posts from guest bloggers on a semi-regular basis. The following is the first...