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  • Chorus Foundation Logo - RFP Chorus Foundation RFP
  • Quarterly Connections Member Profile Quarterly Connections Member Profile
  • Working Framework Appalachian Transition Framework
  • AppFellows1 Appalachian Transition Fellowship
  • PP 2014 Release of the 2014 Gathering Proceedings Paper
  • Transition video shot Appalachia’s Economic Transition Video Release
Promising Sectors video title

Take a peak into some of the innovative efforts to advance the economic transition in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Below is a video where we highlight some successful efforts in the local food, health, renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. These examples punctuate the opportunities that unite the entire Central Appalachian region. Accelerating Appalachia’s  [Read 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]

Working 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]


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: