Appalachian Transition is devoted to ideas for a more just, sustainable and prosperous future in Central Appalachia. We are at a critical moment in our region. The time has arrived to talk about the coming transition of our economy, workforce and communities. This site is a resource for that conversation.

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WV Community Development Network Meeting: March 9

From the WV Community Development Network:

Don’t Miss the West Virginia Community Development Network Meeting in Beckley!

The WV Community Development Network brings together business people, decision-makers and concerned citizens who are committed to enhancing quality of life in their communities. Their meetings provide time to learn, connect and build relationships to support community development work in the state. Their next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 9. See their announcement below for more information:

Register for the ARC Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture and Local Foodsystems in Fairmont, WV

Strengthening Local Food Networks across Appalachia: An Appalachian Regional Commission Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food Systems

March 11, 2011 · 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. · Fairmont, West Virginia

Interest in sustainable agriculture is putting the Appalachian Region's rich agricultural life and diverse food assets on the map. Across the Region, communities are developing partnerships to take advantage of the economic opportunities this approach offers. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is convening a series of workshops to help develop strategies to grow local food networks through regional collaboration.

ARC welcomes your participation in the second of these workshops, in Fairmont, West Virginia, on March 11.

Student Series: Land, People and Development in Appalachia

University of Kentucky Instructor Amanda Fickey assigned students taking her undergraduate Land, People, and Development course last fall to analyze an organization engaged in an economic practice other than resource extraction.

Over the next few weeks we will be posting responses researched and and written by students trying to learn and understand about the interesection of communities and economic development in our region.  We hope hearing from these students spurs a discussion about development and transition in the region--your thoughts are always welcome.

Tourism in Eastern Kentucky: How One Organization is Revitalizing the Image of a Region

by Zachary Chesser

For decades, the region of Appalachia has been looked upon as a struggling economy with “backwards” people.  One organization has taken the initiative to help such struggling areas to reimage themselves, and works not only to establish working relationships between the coal companies and tourism initiatives, but to also bring new industry to the region.  Over the past 23 years, The Southern & Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA) has established itself in 47 counties across the state. SEKTDA’s main focus is to help burdened economies bring in travel and tourism, with the hope of increasing opportunities for local individuals.

Re-Imagine Appalachia and Win $500: UK Appalachian Center announces photography contest

Re-Imagine Appalachia and Win $500: UK Appalachian Center announces photography contest

Barefoot children, outhouses and shacks with no running water: These are some of the first images you might find if you search under "Appalachia."

Zak Pence, Communication Director for the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, is tired of looking at the same clichéd imagery on every Appalachian-themed website.

Kentucky's Competing Energy Futures?: Coal-Reliant Kentucky Takes First Steps to Solve Energy Dilemma

Maria Gallucci has a piece on SolveClimate that looks at the competing visions of Kentucky's energy future.  The two trends, one towards support for renewable energy and energy efficiency, the other towards legislating sanctuaries for coal and removing federal oversight of mining, have both appeared in this year's legislative session, though the Clean Energy Opportunity Act has not yet been heard.

Gallucci interviewed several Kentucky policy advocates, including MACED's Jason Bailey and Kentucky Environmental Foundation's Elizabeth Crowe.

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