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  • Local Foods Calculator Local Foods Cost Calculator
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Register for the Gathering!

The Annual Gathering Registration is now open!    ROOTING THE TRANSITION Strategies to Strengthen Community Capacity and Foster Innovative Leadership   Click here to register and learn more!

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NADO / NACo Invite Teams to Apply for Innovation Challenge The National Association of Counties and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation, with the support of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, are partnering to support county and regional leaders in coal-reliant communities with retooling their economies to become more resilient to changing conditions. Throughout 2015,  [Read More]

Chorus Foundation Logo - RFP

In late 2013, the Chorus Foundation committed ten years of funding to advance a just transition in Eastern Kentucky, with a particular interest in Appalachian counties. The Foundation’s focus on just transition to a post-coal economy in Appalachian Kentucky is anchored by two grantees, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) and Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED). In addition,  [Read More]

Quarterly Connections Member Profile

Each quarter, we interview a Network member to learn what brought them to their work, what value they experience from involvement in the Network, and what opportunities they see for Central Appalachia. This quarter, we feature Jane Higgins, Program Officer at the Blue Grass Community Foundation. 1.   How did you get involved with the  [Read More]

Top of Framework

Network members have worked to develop a common analysis and set of shared strategies to accelerate Appalachia’s economic transition. This body of knowledge was brought together into the working framework, below, for the purpose of aligning individual efforts and creating a more coordinated body of development work in the region. We invite you to help  [Read More]

Membership Campaign Kickoff

Friday, November 7 1:30-2:30 PM (EST) Are you looking for partners to support and deepen your work in Appalachia? Join members of the Steering Committee for a webinar on Friday, November 7 from 1:30 to 2:30 EST to learn how members’ participation in the Appalachia Funders Network is helping to further their mission and deepen their impact.  [Read More]

Local Foods Calculator

SCALE – Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies – released three new resources for those working in local foods value chains: A study that examines how some food enterprises – like restaurants and colleges – are making local buying work Local Food Cost Calculator designed for restaurants Local Food Cost Calculator designed for college and university dining services. Please visit  [Read More]


AppFellows in the News The Appalachian Transition Fellowship is making waves in various media outlets! Click here for a profile of AppFellows in Yes! Magazine Click here for a brief interview between WMMT’s Mountain Talk host, Mimi Pickering and Kierra Sims from the Highlander Center, which coordinates the program See below for an announcement of the  [Read More]

PP 2014

  Over one hundred fifty public and private funders and economic development practitioners gathered in Athens, OH for the 5th Annual Gathering where we developed strategies to harness the momentum for an economic transition that accelerates large-scale change. Our theme, “The Power of Partnerships” set the stage for us to build on cross-sector partnerships as  [Read More]

Transition video shot

This short video highlights the partnerships and strategies we believe will advance Appalachia’s just and sustainable economic transition. Thank you to the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation for the production of this video.  If you are a member, email us your logo and we will personalize the video for you to share on your website! Contact: