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Appalachian Regional Commission listening sessions happening...

The Appalachian Regional Commission has stated its next five-year strategic plan will increase emphasis on economic and community development efforts. In order to fully implement the best course of action to move Appalachia forward, the ARC will be...

POWER Initiative to focus existing federal money on transiti...

The Obama Administration announced today the implementation of a key part of its POWER Plus Plan to assist transition efforts in Central Appalachia: the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative. The...
Young eastern Kentucky entrepreneur creates his own opportunity

Young eastern Kentucky entrepreneur creates his own opportun...

By: Ivy Brashear Many people like to have a purpose behind the work they do – a reason why they do that work and what keeps them doing it. For Garrett, Ky., native Shane Hamilton, having purpose behind the work he does is more like a life mantra....
First official Trail Town in eastern Kentucky wants to develop economy around designation

First official Trail Town in eastern Kentucky wants to devel...

By: Ivy Brashear Livingston, Ky., is a small place. At last count in 2010, the total population was 226 people. Main Street isn’t long enough for a single stoplight. Even when the L&N Railroad first came through town in 1870, Livingston stayed...
MACED helps create possible new economic model for rural communities

MACED helps create possible new economic model for rural com...

By: Ivy Brashear The City of Berea in Madison County, Ky., hopes the Berea Artist Accelerator, an innovative new program born of a unique set of partnerships, will help plug the leak of Berea College graduates fleeing town after graduation, and in...
Women’s History Month: Women who shape Appalachia

Women’s History Month: Women who shape Appalachia

Central Appalachia has been shaped by countless women. Think about life in the mountains, and then try to think about one aspect of it that hasn’t been touched in some significant way by a woman. It’s very nearly impossible....
‘Central Appalachia is in mourning:’ New radio documentary details grief of losing coal in the region

‘Central Appalachia is in mourning:’ New radio d...

“All over Appalachia, people are in different stages of mourning this thing that’s put dinner on the table and shaped culture for as long. Some are even starting to talk about transition – about Appalachia past coal.” So...

Kentucky students are joining the Just Economic Transition m...

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest blog post from a guest blogger. The views and opinions expressed in this guest blog do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Renew Appalachia or of the Mountain Association for Community...
Appalachian Love Story: The Radio Series

Appalachian Love Story: The Radio Series

Search the hashtag for Appalachian Love Story on any social media site, and you’ll find images of fracking protest signs, mountain vistas, heavy metal shows, videos of Loretta Lynn singing about being a Blue Kentucky Girl, and pancakes in the...
Eastern Kentucky Transition stories in statewide media

Eastern Kentucky Transition stories in statewide media

At least two examples of economic transition in eastern Kentucky were in the media recently. Roundabout Music Company in Whitesburg was featured on Kentucky for Kentucky’s blog last week. Co-owners Matt Carter, Josh May, Jonathan Hootman and...
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...