Save the Date: Alliance for Appalachia Economic Transition Call-in — Mineral Trust Funds

Join members of the Alliance and our partners working throughout the region on a conversation about capturing wealth from natural resource extraction and mineral trust funds.  As gas extraction ramps up throughout our region, and as we think about ways to fund economic diversification efforts in the coalfields, mineral trust funds and severance taxes become increasingly important to understand.  To learn a little about Kentucky's coal severance tax ahead of the call, visit Understanding Kentucky's Coal Severance Fund.  Background information on gas extraction in Appalachia is available at Fractured Appalachia, produced by WMMT and Appalshop.  Save the date for the August 29th call!

The Alliance for Appalachia
PO Box 11701 Charleston, WV 25339 (304) 546-8473

The Alliance for Appalachia Economic Transition Call-in Series

Topic: State-level Mineral Trust Funds

Time: 1pm, August 29th

Toll-free Call-in Number: 1-913-227-1219, 765402

The Alliance for Appalachia is pleased to announce the second call of our New Economic Transition Call-in Series for citizens, activists, and experts alike, throughout the Central Appalachian Region. This quarterly call-in series provides space for a regional conversation around key topics in the economic transition effort in the region. This collaboration is not intended to initially foster a regional strategy—but rather to share success stories and useful, replicable models for local economic transition, as well as to provide a place for those working on these efforts locally to trouble-shoot with one another.

Our call is scheduled for 1pm, August 29th. This call’s topic is State-level Mineral Trust Funds.

The call will consist of a 20 minute presentation by Ted Boettner, Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, to be followed with 40 minutes of information and questions from those working on economic transition policy in Central Appalachia. We hope to host in informal dialog, but please prepare with questions and updates relevant to the work happening in your area.
In his presentation, Boettner will discuss lessons learned from other states that have established mineral trust funds for economic diversification and his own perspective on the possibilities of increasing the coal severance tax to create an economic diversification trust fund in West Virginia and other Appalachian states.

Anyone is welcome to join! We hope to speak with you!
Please contact Katey Lauer at if you plan to attend.

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.