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 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
Speaker: Joe DePriest
Director of Economic Development, Letcher County, KY
Speakers: Berea College Sustainable Communities
Saturday, April 29
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
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
Panel: Sustainable Land-use
Appalachian Sustainable Development
Community Farm Alliance
MACED- Mountain Association for Community