The Highlander Center in East Tennessee will start its Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program next year, and as Erica Peterson of WFPL News in Louisville reports, the program will “select 15 communities in the Appalachian areas of Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina. With input from those communities, they’ll select 15 fellows to undertake one-year economic development projects.” We've discussed the program on this blog before. (Photo by: AppFellows.org)
Program coordinator Elandria Williams hopes this program will operate through a different framework than others: “What we’re saying is … the leaders we … must invest in are people from our area.”
We hope program fellows will start important conversations in their Appalachian communities about the future of the region – conversations that will hopefully spur excitement and concerted action and effort around revitalizing and renewing Appalachia’s economy.
The Highlander Center is currently accepting applications for fellows, and will be taking them until February. You can learn more about the Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program, and apply to be a fellow, here.