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August 2019
Policy Update

Every month or two, CAN's policy team puts together a short list of important articles, policy updates, and resources related to sustainable agriculture, rural development, clean energy, local food, creative placemaking, and Appalachia's economic transition, along with a brief summary and links to more information. Please pass this email along to interested friends or colleagues, and let them know that they can subscribe on our website,
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Economic Transition News

Marguerite Casey Foundation: Appalachia’s Story: How the National Media Gets It Wrong 

"There is a different story in Appalachia, a hopeful one about the region’s transition away from a coal mining industry that’s been shrinking since the 1990s. In Eastern Kentucky it’s known as the Just Appalachian Transition, and it’s about families and organizations building new economies around farming and farmers markets – solar not coal power, arts communities and coal camps. It’s change by and for Eastern Kentuckians."

Appalshop, Letcher County Culture Hub, and MACED are featured in this story on just transition efforts in E. Kentucky.

Governing: Appalachian Hope

This columnist writes that West Virginia "needs to explore its real advantages. These can begin with government and business coalitions rebranding the area, changing its regulations and incentives to encourage tourism and other new economy sectors. But it also must happen through individual entrepreneurs opening new enterprises and other businesses that leverage McDowell’s natural beauty. That way, outsiders will want to see a county—and a region of West Virginia—that deserves to be seen."

100 Days in Appalachia: How Leaving Home Can Help Appalachia

An Appalachian native now residing outside the region reflects on what role members of the "Appalachian Diaspora" can play in their home region.

Teen Vogue: Why Harlan County, Kentucky, Miners Are Physically Blockading Coal Trains

This article describes the Blackjewel miner's blockade as the latest episode in the long tradition of worker organizing in Harlan County, E. Kentucky, and Central Appalachia over the past 100 years.


The Guardian: 'Coal is Over': The Miners Rooting for the Green New Deal 

“If we’re talking about a just transition, if these are places used to providing the energy for the country, that’s what we need to do to transition them out. Creating jobs and a pathway to do that is the role that plays.”

PBS News Hour - YouTube: A New Approach for Tackling Joblessness: How This Organization is Restoring Hope in West Virginia 

Check out this short video featuring the innovative workforce development model of Coalfield Development Corporation. 

Common Dreams: Kentucky Miners Are Blocking a Coal Train for Back Pay. We Talked to One About a Just Transition. 

A coal miner involved in the Blackjewel protest talks about the concept of a just transition for coal industry workers.

"Come to where we live, come to a small town and tell people how it’s affecting the environment and how we can change it. If stopping coal mining is how we can change it, then bring jobs in."


Registration for the 3rd Annual Central Appalachian Social Enterprise Summit is now open! 
Find the event website here!


WV Hub: Brushy Fork Leadership Institute Helps Community and Nonprofit Leaders Up Their Game

If you've never attended Brushy Fork Institute of Berea College, you are missing out on one of the best opportunities around for building community leadership skills, advancing community-led plans, and increasing organizational capacity.

The Institute takes place September 18-20 in Berea, KY.

WV Hub: 3 Opportunities for WV Creative Entrepreneurs to Up Their Financial Game

“Natural Investment Capital Fund and Tamarack Foundation for the Arts are partnering up to present a three-part webinar series on financial empowerment for West Virginian creative entrepreneurs including artists and creative professionals, people working in the tourism and outdoor recreation industry as well as folks in agriculture."

Local Food Systems

Central Appalachian Network: 2018 Local Food System Impacts – $20 Million in Producer Sales!

For almost a decade, the Central Appalachian Network and its partners have been tracking local food value chain data using the Wealth Works framework across the Central Appalachian region. We have just finished compiling the data for 2018, and are excited to share the results from another successful year. Read more about the 2018 metrics in our blog post - some of which include $20 million in producer sales!

Civil Eats: With a Focus on Food Sovereignty, Rural Appalachian Ohio is Rebounding 

Rich terrain, traditional foodways and native plants are becoming a source of economic development and empowerment in Appalachian Ohio. Great Civil Eats read featuring our partners, Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) and Rural Action! Communities across Appalachia could see similar benefits by embracing local food.


Central Appalachian Network: Congress Run Greenhouse: Farm Enterprises takes Grit and Gumption

Check out the first blog post in a series of 3 highlighting some of ACEnet’s local farm partners. This first blog post is about Congress Run Greenhouse and Gabriel Farms. Read the story of how this family moved to Southeast Ohio and started their own farm with the guidance of ACEnet and their community. 

Central Appalachian Network: Primaterra Farm: Farm Enterprises Takes Grit and Gumption

Check out the second blog post in a series of 3 highlighting some of ACEnet’s local farm partners. This blog post is about Henry Jochem at Primaterra Farms. Read the story Henry ‘s sustainable farming and his passion for providing radishes to Southeast Ohio. 

Central Appalachian Network: Farm on the Ridge: Farm Enterprises Takes Grit and Gumption

Check out the last blog post in a series of 3 highlighting some of ACEnet’s local farm partners. This blog post is about Farm on the Ridge and their pork products. Read the story of how they developed their product line and how they became a tenant  of ACEnet’s Food & Farm Enterprise Center. 

WYMT: Farmers: Kentucky's Hemp Industry Could Revitalize Eastern Kentucky

“Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said that Kentucky hemp processors reported nearly $58 million in gross product sales in 2018, more than double the sales in 2017.

"It's a new economy for Kentucky," said farmer and Chief Executive Officer of A-1 Implements Max Hammond. Hammond is advocating for farmers in Appalachia to invest in Kentucky's hemp industry.”

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