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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...
There’s Precedent for the Transition Assistance Eastern Kentucky Needs

There’s Precedent for the Transition Assistance Easter...

The new power plant rules proposed this week will make coal less competitive in the coming decades. It’s just one factor pointing toward continued decline in eastern Kentucky coal production, the main causes of which are the rising cost of...
The “Creative Class” in Appalachia

The “Creative Class” in Appalachia

Big cities get a lot of attention for attracting the “creative class,” those folks who make their living in the arts, design, architecture or other creative fields. Much has been made of the importance of attracting this community,...
Berea wins “Livable Community” award to support local food

Berea wins “Livable Community” award to support ...

Berea, Kentucky is one of four winners of a competition held by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Department of Agriculture. The “Livable Communities” award was granted to support...
‘Looking at Appalachia’ allows others to see region through Appalachian peoples’ lens

‘Looking at Appalachia’ allows others to see reg...

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, and the retrospectives about how far (or how little) Appalachia has come have been pouring out of national media outlets like the poverty pictures of 1964 Appalachia poured out into the...
A Place Worth Fighting For

A Place Worth Fighting For

Given all the negative reporting about Appalachia’s problems and the subsequent “brain drain,” it may seem surprising that there are young people who are committed to their homes and communities, who feel an unbreakable tie to the mountains and who...
Welcome to the new Appalachian Transition blog!

Welcome to the new Appalachian Transition blog!

Welcome to Renew Appalachia, the new home of the Appalachian Transition blog. We hope you like the new look, and find the site easier to navigate. In addition to our regular blog posts, in the coming months, we’ll be featuring guest bloggers...
Transition Stories: Whitesburg businesses build something together

Transition Stories: Whitesburg businesses build something to...

One thing Amelia Kirby and David Fisher both knew when they opened businesses in downtown Whitesburg was that they wouldn’t get rich. They knew it was about something larger. I. Summit City When Kirby and her partner, Joel Beverly, opened Summit...
Real leadership for Appalachia necessary in upcoming elections

Real leadership for Appalachia necessary in upcoming electio...

Brace yourselves; election season is coming. We’re already seeing political ads claiming this candidate is taking us to hell in a hand basket, or that candidate is going to single-handedly save Kentucky. Unfortunately, so far there have been few...
SOAR moves forward at East Kentucky Leadership Conference

SOAR moves forward at East Kentucky Leadership Conference

The next step in the SOAR process happened last week at the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation annual conference when the SOAR working group committees met for the first time. The 10 working group committees are tasked with “leading...
Kentucky General Assembly tinkers but doesn’t change way it spends severance funds

Kentucky General Assembly tinkers but doesn’t change way it ...

The Kentucky General Assembly came to a close last week, and its accomplishments (or lack thereof) leave much to be desired for eastern Kentucky. A bill to make permanent scholarships for coal county students attending coalfield schools passed, but...
Pat Gish’s legacy, as well as husband Tom’s, should inspire today’s Appalachian reporters

Pat Gish’s legacy, as well as husband Tom’s, sho...

Eastern Kentucky laid to rest one of its fiercest advocates this week: Pat Gish, who with her husband Tom, ran The Mountain Eagle weekly newspaper in Whitesburg, Ky., for more than 50 years. (Lexington Herald-Leader photo by James Kenney, used with...
Photo Post: Floyd, VA

Photo Post: Floyd, VA

Greetings from Floyd, Virginia, a little town with a big personality! I’ve spent the last two days here with the Central Appalachian Network and CAN grantee SustainFloyd. Though the town itself has under 500 residents, Floyd has a great...
Public radio covers coal’s decline in east Kentucky

Public radio covers coal’s decline in east Kentucky

The decline of the coal industry is getting some national attention – and, finally, some decent reporting. American Public Media’s Marketplace program (aired on many NPR stations) covered the economy of eastern Kentucky earlier this week on...