Reclaiming Appalachia

Many Voices, Many Solutions: Innovative Mine Reclamation in Central Appalachia is a new report that highlights 20 projects across five Appalachian states that would create new economic opportunities in areas with abandoned mine lands. These case studies and similar efforts could be funded by the Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Program, and if passed by Congress, the […]

Western Front Hotel: Model Remodel

Can a boutique hotel and restaurant in a former downtown department store spark an economic revival in and around St. Paul, a coalfields town located on the Clinch River in southwestern Virginia? The newly opened Western Front Hotel and Milton’s Restaurant grew from community-wide efforts begun over 15 years ago to plan the place residents […]

Mountains of Music on Crooked Road

Our region has incredible cultural assets, especially our music and dance, as well as traditional arts, crafts and foodways. In this episode of Mountain Talk Monday, we learn about the Mountains of Music Homecoming happening throughout Southwest Virginia June 9-17. Its a project of the The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, which came into […]

Jenkins Mural Is New Attraction

Can building on our heritage and contemporary cultural assets play a role in reinventing our regional economy? On Dec. 3, 2016, the first community created mural was dedicated in Jenkins, KY, on the old railroad trestle. Appalshop, the City of Jenkins, artists and community members are working together to produce permanent and temporary art works […]