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Keith Gabbard, Broadband Transition in Action

Keith Gabbard, Broadban...

To find a nationally acclaimed model of rural broadband implementation, you don’t have to look much further than Jackson County, Kentucky. There, People’s Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) has earned recognition from the industry and the White House for its gigabit fiber network that...
Transition in Action, Broadband: Mimi Pickering

Transition in Action, B...

Who are you, and what’s your role at your organization? I am Mimi Pickering and I am a documentary filmmaker and director of Appalshop’s Community Media Initiative. For a number of years I have been collaborating with staff at WMMT, Appalshop’s radio station, to produce Making...

Watch: Bridging the Dig...

This month, we’re exploring why broadband is so important to rural communities. No one quite answers that question like Dr. Roberto Gallardo, an extension professor who specializes in Tech Outreach with Mississippi State Extension and who has visited the eastern Kentucky region several...

The next big wave of bl...

It’s not likely that most people would put the words “coding” and “blue collar” in the same sentence, but that misperception could change in the not-too-distant future. Clive Thompson, an opinion writer for Wired, has some thoughts: What if the next big...

Transition in Action: B...

Broadband Internet is a necessity in today’s world. It is becoming increasingly important as more and more basic services, including healthcare and education, are migrating online. Access to high-speed broadband is standard most larger cities, but in rural America, access to...
Stories: Growing Gardens, Growing Lives

Stories: Growing Garden...

By Donna Daniels Wayne Riley left his home of London, Ky., to seek work in 1974. He found employment in places like Washington, D.C., Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Nashville, Tenn., but he said, “Everywhere I went it seems I would have this urge for the life we lived at home, where...

“A Just Transitio...

A new video about Just Transition in Appalachia has recently been released. This one comes to us from The Chorus Foundation (one of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development‘s funders), and gives a good overview of what Just Transition means to some of the...
Breaking Beans: Food Before it was a “System”

Breaking Beans: Food Be...

Community Farm Alliance‘s Breaking Beans project has a new story to share, this time about foodways in Appalachia that were happening before it was hip to talk about “food systems.” In the piece, Sister Kathy Curtis takes us on a journey through eastern Kentucky and...
Stories from the Mountains: Stay in Clay

Stories from the Mounta...

  By Donna Daniels In the city of Manchester in Clay County, Kentucky, a restored swinging bridge symbolizes a path to a future that honors the past. The bridge leads into downtown, and was named “Bridge to the Future” by a local grassroots downtown revitalization group called Stay...

Stories from the Mounta...

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development turns 40 this year. To help celebrate this milestone, the organization has taken a step back to reflect on the amount of just economic transition that’s taken place in the region over the past 40 years. They’ve been collecting...
Stories from the Mountains: “New Opportunity School for Women”

Stories from the Mounta...

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development turns 40 this year. To help celebrate this milestone, the organization has taken a step back to reflect on the amount of just economic transition that’s taken place in the region over the past 40 years. They’ve been collecting...

Stories from the Mounta...

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development turns 40 this year. To help celebrate this milestone, the organization has taken a step back to reflect on the amount of just economic transition that’s taken place in the region over the past 40 years. They’ve been collecting...
New series about Appalachian Transition gets it right

New series about Appala...

On our travels through West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, we heard just one person refer in earnest to a war on coal. We heard many others—economists, community development leaders, small-business owners, ex-miners—say that the moment of transition had arrived. That there was no going...

Stories from the Mounta...

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development turns 40 this year. To help celebrate this milestone, the organization has taken a step back to reflect on the amount of just economic transition that’s taken place in the region over the past 40 years. They’ve been collecting...