Appalachian Community Economic Series — Save the Date

The Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards invite you to SAVE THE DATE:

The Appalachian Community Economic Series: Exploring creative solutions to help build our local economy

ACES is a four-part series of workshops and community forums to be held over the course of four Saturdays in downtown Appalachia. Through these workshops we hope to promote local and sustainable economic development, cultivate an exchange of resources and skills already in our communities, and engage an expanding audience in ongoing discussions about diversifying our local economy.

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Saturday Oct. 23

Learn about small business development, green job opportunities, Home Scale Renewable Energy, and the use of rain barrels for saving water and money.

Workshops led by: People Inc., Asheville Green Opportunities Job Training Program, and others.

Saturday Nov. 6

Learn about adventure-tourism, how to translate a knowledge of herbs of the mountains into medicine and money, citizen-led economic development models, and how to make and preserve apple sauce.

Workshops led by: Clearfork Community Institute in Northeast TN, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and others.

Later workshops held on Saturday Nov. 11 and Saturday Dec. 4 will include building a community greenhouse, learning about community-owned wind energy, and exploring the internet as a new marketing niche. More workshops to be announced, depending on availability and interest.

**Each Saturday of the series will include a free dinner and live local music**

Stay for a facilitated discussion in response to the workshops and on how to move forward with sustainable development practices to promote the vitality of our local economy.


We seek partners for suggestions and creative contributions! If you are interested in a more active role, please join us on October 7th at 6pm for a sponsorship info meeting. Feel free to contact us at 276-523-4380 with questions or ideas.

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Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.