Welsh Eco-Tourism Model Excites Elkhorn City, KY
The After Coal: Wales and Appalachia Project visited Elkhorn City recently to talk about eco-tourism in Wales and how what has happened there could apply to this town on the banks of the Russell Fork River in Pike County, KY. Project Director & Filmmaker Tom Hansell and Tim Belcher from the Elkhorn City Heritage Council kicked off discussion with residents eager to learn from what has been done in Wales in order to build on their community’s special assets. Sylvia Ryerson reports for WMMT.
Clinch River Runs Cleveland, VA Rebuilding
Coal mining jobs have dropped around Cleveland, VA, but when residents looked around they realized they had some amazing assets, including the Clinch River which runs for a mile through the middle of town. Folks set about cleaning up the riverfront and their dedication to building for the future has attracted assistance from the Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI) and a new federal grant for community development. Rich Kirby reports on this local effort to focus on eco-tourism as an economic building block.
KY Innovation Network – New Help for EKY Entrepreneurs
The statewide Kentucky Innovation Network recently set up the Pikeville Innovation Office to serve eight Eastern Kentucky counties. Assistant Director Justin Prater stopped by WMMT to talk about various ways the network can assist small businesses and entrepreneurs to start up or improve their current operations, including participating in pitch sessions with Angel Investors.
Appalachian Transition Fellows
Encouraging a new generation of Appalachian leaders while working to diversify the regional economy? That is the goal of the Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program. The first class of Fellows, fourteen young people from throughout the region, recently started working with nonprofits, governments and businesses in six states on projects that create jobs and livelihoods. Mountain Talk host Mimi Pickering spoke with Kierra Sims from the Highlander Center, which is coordinating the program and mentoring the Fellows, and with Fellows Joshua Outsey, Mae Humiston, and Eric Dixon.
For more on the program and this year’s Appalachian Transition Fellows check out this article in Yes Magazine.