A Model For Worker Training

Brandon Dennison, CEO of the Coalfield Development Corporation in southern West Virginia, contributed his organization’s successful model of a wholistic worker training program to the National Economic Transition or (NET) platform, which was released by the Just Transition Fund in June of 2020. In this report, the Just Transition Fund’s Heidi Binko describes the goals […]

The NET Plan For Coal Communities

Over 80 local, regional and national leaders worked together for several years to develop the National Economic Transition, or NET, platform which was released to the public this summer. Built on community driven solutions, it is a framework for large scale investments to assist communities hardest hit by the changing coal economy. Heidi Binko, executive […]

We Can ReImagine Appalachia

Members of ReImagine Appalachia, a coalition of policy organizations, grassroots groups, individuals and activists from West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, offer ideas at a March convening for building a 21rst century sustainable regional economy. That is followed by a July 21rst press conference announcing the ReImagine Appalachia policy Blueprint and calling for large scale […]

Create Your State

This episode of Making Connections News is a recording from the Create Your State Tour, a musical, multimedia performance that inspires and empowers creative community revitalization and development. The presentation tells the inspiring story of arts-driven community transformation in Princeton, West Virginia, through the eyes of artists and cultural entrepreneurs Lori McKinney and Robert Blankenship, […]