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People who are poor should be central in SOAR leadership

People who are poor should be central in SOAR leadership

Former War on Poverty anti-poverty worker, Robert W. Shaffer has some advice about how to improve upon past efforts at economic transition in eastern Kentucky: Let people who are poor have seats at all tables where decisions about the future of the...

Economic transition advice from a seasoned EKY grassroots le...

Gwenda Johnson has some advice for modern-day eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia about how we move our economy forward, and she talked about it recently with Making Connections News. From MCN: Johnson grew up on a family farm in Elliot...

AML white paper gives recommendations to make program work b...

UPDATE, 7-9-15: The full text of the AML white paper can now be downloaded at the link to the press release. Scroll to the bottom for the link to download.  The AML Policies Priority Group – a multi-stakeholder group examining the abandoned...
More news of local food success in Kentucky

More news of local food success in Kentucky

Kentucky leads the way in federally funded local foods projects at 1,659. That latest number comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, along with this one: local food sales topped $11.7 billion last year – that’s billion, with a...
Study: Most Americans could be fed by locally grown food; Big news for Central Appalachian local foods movement

Study: Most Americans could be fed by locally grown food; Bi...

A new University of California study has revealed that most areas of the U.S. could feed between 80 to 100 percent of the local population with food grown or raised within 50 miles. This is huge news for the local foods movement, which Central...

E.Ky. leaders “thinking outside the box” about e...

Last week, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Bell County is turned a major goose egg of a county-owned property into what county officials hope will become a golden faberge version of its former self: A large industrial park in Bell County...
KSEC hosts Lexington, Ky., senator on energy efficiency, renewable energy tour

KSEC hosts Lexington, Ky., senator on energy efficiency, ren...

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...

SOAR still important, but second summit falls short of expec...

One week ago today, the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative hosted it’s second summit in Pikeville, Ky. If readers will recall, SOAR started with much fanfare, excitement and anticipation two years ago. Since it’s inception, SOAR...

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....