The “Creative Class” in Appalachia

The “Creative Cla...

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, because, as the Daily Yonder says,”the...
Berea wins “Livable Community” award to support local food

Berea wins “Livab...

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 Berea’s continued work on expanding the...
A Place Worth Fighting For

A Place Worth Fighting ...

Given all the negative reporting about Appalachia’s problems and the subsequent “brain drain,” it may seem surprising that there are young people who are committed to their homes and communities, who feel an unbreakable tie to the mountains and who want to make their homeplaces better....
Welcome to the new Appalachian Transition blog!

Welcome to the new Appa...

Welcome to Renew Appalachia, the new home of the Appalachian Transition blog. We hope you like the new look, and find the site easier to navigate. In addition to our regular blog posts, in the coming months, we’ll be featuring guest bloggers from around the region who will share...
Real leadership for Appalachia necessary in upcoming elections

Real leadership for App...

Brace yourselves; election season is coming. We’re already seeing political ads claiming this candidate is taking us to hell in a hand basket, or that candidate is going to single-handedly save Kentucky. Unfortunately, so far there have been few candidates with any solid plans for...
Kentucky General Assembly tinkers but doesn’t change way it spends severance funds

Kentucky General Assemb...

The Kentucky General Assembly came to a close last week, and its accomplishments (or lack thereof) leave much to be desired for eastern Kentucky. A bill to make permanent scholarships for coal county students attending coalfield schools passed, but beyond that, little was done to support...
Photo Post: Floyd, VA

Photo Post: Floyd, VA

Greetings from Floyd, Virginia, a little town with a big personality! I’ve spent the last two days here with the Central Appalachian Network and CAN grantee SustainFloyd. Though the town itself has under 500 residents, Floyd has a great downtown with locally-owned businesses and is...
Public radio covers coal’s decline in east Kentucky

Public radio covers coa...

The decline of the coal industry is getting some national attention – and, finally, some decent reporting. American Public Media’s Marketplace program (aired on many NPR stations) covered the economy of eastern Kentucky earlier this week on two separate shows, with more nuance than...