Appalachian Funders Network – Leveraging Local Assets

Interested in Appalachian economic transition ideas, local entrepreneurship efforts, or the impact of community foundations in the coalfields? WMMT’s Mountain Talk hosted a discussion with members of the Appalachian Funders Network, a group of public and private grant-makers working toward a diversified Appalachian economy, based on assets within the region. Guests include Ray Daffner of […]

Crooked Road Builds Music Economy

All Appalachians know our region is rich in music – but this doesn’t always translate in to money for local residents.  Yet the Crooked Road, southwestern Virginia’s heritage music trail, is working to change that. In recent years, through careful planning focused on local culture and decision making, this project has helped the region’s traditional […]

Pay It Forward – WV Future Fund

Coal production has been declining lately, and many counties in our listening area are concerned that they will be short on much needed revenue as less coal mined means fewer severance tax dollars coming in. In this report Ted Boettner and Paul Miller of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy describe the West […]

An Idea Bank for the Future

A WMMT report from the East Kentucky Leadership Conference, recently held in Prestonsburg, KY.  One conference session engaged participants in discussion of a number of possibilities for the region’s economic and social future, including the establishment of permanent severance tax funds to support economic transition in the coalfields, Helen Lewis’s vision of “a clean glass […]