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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...
Forestry is still ‘critical part’ of eastern Kentucky’s economy

Forestry is still ‘critical part’ of eastern Ken...

Long before coal mining dominated eastern Kentucky’s economy, logging was the big business in the region. Stories of log rafts barreling down creeks on their way to the Kentucky River when the water was high and on to the Ohio River still...
“Booming” local foods sector needs support to become “economic engine”

“Booming” local foods sector needs support to be...

MACED’s third strategy brief – released today – focuses on the local foods movement in eastern Kentucky, which truly is booming. A new farmers market in the region seems to open every summer. Local butcher shops, like JW Farms The...
Energy Efficiency has big potential to create jobs, decrease electricity demand

Energy Efficiency has big potential to create jobs, decrease...

MACED’s second strategy brief, “Energy Efficiency,” is out today. It’s a strategy that’s been gaining steam recently across eastern Kentucky, and one that MACED has touted for years through its How$martKY and Energy...
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...