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Beekeepers in Ky. and W.Va. want more hives on surface mined land

Beekeepers in Ky. and W.Va. want more hives on surface mined...

Some people in West Virginia think bees and honey production could be a viable option for transitioning former mined land into usable space. In Hernshaw, W.V., the state’s Apiary Inspector, Wade Siltner, watches over seven small bee hives on...
Kentucky Moonshine Trail? Whitesburg could be the first stop

Kentucky Moonshine Trail? Whitesburg could be the first stop

It looks like downtown Whitesburg, Ky., will soon be home to a legal moonshine distillery, and that’s a good thing. Kentucky has seen recent success with its Bourbon Trail drawing thousands of visitors to the state each year, and it stands to...
Who runs the Kentucky economy? Small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Who runs the Kentucky economy? Small businesses and entrepre...

Kentucky is powered by small businesses. And when I say small, I mean small. Ninety-four percent of small businesses in the state have less than 50 employees, and 74 percent have less than 10. This is part of the reason why increased investment in...
Eastern Kentucky ‘will not thrive without significant and smarter investment’

Eastern Kentucky ‘will not thrive without significant ...

A central theme is woven through all of MACED’s new strategy briefs, and it is crucial to the success of any of the other strategies: increased investment. Why is investment so important to eastern Kentucky? MACED explains in its final new...
Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition student reflects on time at annual Fancy Farm picnic

Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition student reflects on...

Editor’s Note: In an effort to include a more diverse and varied set of voices in the Appalachian Transition conversation, Renew Appalachia will begin featuring posts from guest bloggers on a semi-regular basis. The following is the first...
Forestry is still ‘critical part’ of eastern Kentucky’s economy

Forestry is still ‘critical part’ of eastern Ken...

Long before coal mining dominated eastern Kentucky’s economy, logging was the big business in the region. Stories of log rafts barreling down creeks on their way to the Kentucky River when the water was high and on to the Ohio River still...
“Booming” local foods sector needs support to become “economic engine”

“Booming” local foods sector needs support to be...

MACED’s third strategy brief – released today – focuses on the local foods movement in eastern Kentucky, which truly is booming. A new farmers market in the region seems to open every summer. Local butcher shops, like JW Farms The...
Energy Efficiency has big potential to create jobs, decrease electricity demand

Energy Efficiency has big potential to create jobs, decrease...

MACED’s second strategy brief, “Energy Efficiency,” is out today. It’s a strategy that’s been gaining steam recently across eastern Kentucky, and one that MACED has touted for years through its How$martKY and Energy...
Eastern Kentuckians ‘born ready’ to hear leaders discuss region’s future

Eastern Kentuckians ‘born ready’ to hear leaders...

WFPL reporter Erica Peterson posed an interesting question in a report for Louisville’s public radio station recently: “Can a Kentucky Politician Win By Being Candid About Coal’s Decline?” She reports that Kentucky politics...
MACED releases five new strategy briefs

MACED releases five new strategy briefs

Thanks to the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, there are more ideas than ever surfacing about how best to advance eastern Kentucky’s economy forward. Some of those ideas have real potential to make a lasting and broad-based...
Is ‘brain drain’ inaccurate? New study reveals reality of ‘rural return’

Is ‘brain drain’ inaccurate? New study reveals r...

Thanks to slews of media reports, academic studies and political speeches about the ills of Appalachia, we’ve all heard of what is supposedly one of our region’s more insidious ills: “brain drain.” It’s the idea that all of Appalachia’s “best and...
One reporter gives good, comprehensive report about Appalachian Transition

One reporter gives good, comprehensive report about Appalach...

There has been some relatively dire (and somewhat bias) reporting about Appalachia coming from the national media lately. But at least one news outlet is looking at a more broad and complete picture of the region – a picture that showcases the...
Appalachian Transition movement should employ participatory budgeting

Appalachian Transition movement should employ participatory ...

City governments across the country (and world) are trying a new system of budgeting that seems to be working well for them and their citizens. Participatory budgeting is a process of decision-making in which non-elected community members decide...
Ex-Pat Appalachian’s Story can Help with Transition

Ex-Pat Appalachian’s Story can Help with Transition

“I don’t know whether I’m part of Appalachia anymore, but Appalachia is part of me,” says Graham Shelby in a wonderful Lexington Herald-Leader essay published last week. It’s a refrain so many young Appalachian ex-pats find themselves...