State agency offers predictions for Kentucky’s energy future

State agency offers pre...

The Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence (DEDI) provided some eye-opening charts at a recent symposium on “The Future of Coal” at Northern Kentucky University. It’s no secret that coal in eastern Kentucky is in steep decline, but seeing where DEDI believes the...
Worker-Owned Cooperatives for Appalachia

Worker-Owned Cooperativ...

What if the people who are employed by a business are the same people who own it? How would that change the decisions that get made regarding wages, benefits, community participation and the workplace culture? Worker-owned cooperatives are an answer to corporate business models that...
Economic Freedom Zones are a bad idea for eastern Kentucky

Economic Freedom Zones ...

Not too long ago, we wrote about the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s “Appalachia Proud” agricultural branding and education program. Tucked into that program is a call for eastern Kentucky to become an "Economic Freedom Zone." While the agricultural...
New Appalachia Proud program could boost eastern Kentucky agriculture

New Appalachia Proud pr...

Eastern Kentucky’s local food and agriculture sector has struggled to match the progress seen by its neighbors in West Virginia, southeast Ohio and southwest Virginia. But yesterday, Kentucky’s agriculture secretary, James Comer, unveiled a new brand and program that could...
Appalachian Snow

Appalachian Snow

Much of central Appalachia is getting walloped by a winter storm. We're hearing reports of over a foot of snow in some places! These pictures come to us from Pam Brashear in Perry County, Kentucky. Certainly beautiful, but we hope everyone's staying safe and warm.   ...

Ken Ward Jr. on the Wes...

It's been weeks and West Virginia is still struggling with the aftermath of the massive chemical spill that poisoned the drinking water of over 300,000 residents. Ken Ward, Jr. of the Charleston Gazette has been providing top-notch coverage of the spill, and continues to ask the...
What is the promise of a Promise Zone?

What is the promise of ...

Earlier this month, President Obama announced a new initiative to fight poverty in some of the neediest places in the country – including southeast Kentucky. The Promise Zone Initiative is a new program that gives these communities priority for federal funding, and technical...
SOAR Report Released: What’s Next?

SOAR Report Released: W...

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers hosted a press conference, with a guest appearance from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, earlier today to release the final report of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit. The summit, hosted in Pikeville last...