West Virginians Look Towards the Future

Bright Economic Future for the Mountain State, a West Virginia gathering held over labor day weekend, brought together entrepreneurs, policy experts, and grassroots organizations and leaders from across the state to address the urgent need for job creation and economic transition in the southern coalfields.  The conference was modeled in part after Appalachia’s Bright Future, […]

How$martKY Powers On

The Kentucky Public Service Commission announced some big news on August 26, granting permanent status to a 2-year pilot program which provides on-bill financing for energy efficiency upgrades for homes and businesses.  Titled How$martKY, it’s the first of its kind to get such approval in the state of Kentucky. Operated by the Mountain Association for Community […]

Building Back a Forest

In Appalachia, the total area of surface mined land is estimated to be around 1.5 million acres.   Much of this land is non-forested and unused.  But the American Chestnut Foundation and Green Forest Works are two organizations developing an innovative approach — planting hardwood trees including the threatened American Chestnut — for making these vast […]

Building Businesses with Bee-Keeping and Paintballs

What do an eastern Kentucky bee-keeper and a paintball entrepreneur have in common? Well, they’re both small business owners! And on a sunny evening in mid May, just outside of downtown Hindman, these two came together with others to learn more about how to make their ventures a financial success. The evening marked the first of four […]