Beyond Coal: Building Healthy Communities in Appalachia

April 28: 4pm-7pm

April 29: 9am-8pm

Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Kentucky

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Sometime in the near future the Appalachian economy will face an end to the era of coal. Just as with oil and natural gas, experts now predict a “peak” for coal production in the foreseeable future. This conference seeks to discuss the challenges facing Appalachians as economies based on coal transition in the future. We seek to answer the question: What does Appalachia do after coal?

Join us for an engaging lineup of speakers, workshops, and discussions. Topics will include small business development, sustainable forestry, state and federal funding programs, organic farming, lean manufacturing, and more. Everyone is welcome.

Please contact:

Brandon Absher [email protected] 859-699-8698
Patty Draus [email protected] 859-299-5669

Please register. Sliding Scale Registration Fee $10-$20 which covers all conference programs and meals. Housing is available on the premises at low cost. Scholarships are available for anyone living in coal-producing counties.

**Convenient location, easy drive, just 1-2 miles off route 80 in
Hindman, Ky**

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Friday, April 28

Arrival/check in
4:00pm Intro/Welcome: Judy Bonds
Coal River Mountain Watch & Goldman Environmental Prize recipient
4:30pm Speaker: Joe DePriest
Director of Economic Development, Letcher County, KY
5:15pm Speakers: Berea College Sustainable Communities
6:30pm Dinner

Saturday, April 29

8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Panel: Starting a Small Business
ACEnet– Appalachian Center for Economic Networks

MACED– Mountain Association for Community
Economic Development
Wildflowers by LouAnne
Harry Robie of Robie & Robie Fine Books
10:30am Breakout sessions (choose one):
Ecotourism: Fr. Al Fritsch, coauthor of Ecotourism in Appalachia: Marketing the Mountains
Lean Systems Application: Stabilizing existing businesses, attracting new ones, and providing catalysts for local entrepreneurship in Appalachia.
ARC Grants: Funding opportunities with the Appalachian Regional Commission
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Panel: Sustainable Land-use
Appalachian Sustainable Development
Community Farm Alliance
MACED- Mountain Association for Community
Economic Development
3:30pm Discussion/Synthesis (small groups)
4:30pm Break
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Richard Couto
Antioch College

Author of Making Democracy Work Better

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