Introducing our Host Communities!!!


Appalachian Citizen's Law Center, Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative,KFTC, Headwaters Inc. and MACED - Whitesburg, KY 

Community Farm Alliance, Foundation for Appalachian KY and Foundation for a Healthy KY- Eastern KY

KFTC, City of Benham and COAP- Benham, KY

North Carolina

Carolina Textile District and Opportunity Threads- Morganton, NC


ACENet, Center for the Creation of Cooperation, AEP, Athens City Government and Rural Action- Athens, OH

ReUse Industries, Ohio University Voinovich School and Rural Action Zero Waste Streams - Athens, OH


Scott Christian Care Center and Chamber of Commerce- Scott County, TN 

UT Dept of Sociology and SEEED- Knoxville, TN


Appalachian Sustainable Development and VA Tech- Abingdon, VA

West Virginia

City of Fairmont, Main Street Fairmont and Fairmont Urban Renewal Authority- Fairmont, WV

Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and City of Spencer- Parkersburg, WV

OVEC, Mountain View Solar and One Foundation - Huntington, WV

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, CMAC and Corey Brothers- Charleston, WV

WV Center for Civic Life, WV Community Development Hub and WV PBS-Statewide


The Alliance for Appalachia and VA Tech

What is the Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program?

The Appalachian Transition Fellowship is a year-long, full-time, paid program designed for 15 emerging community leaders who are committed to working in Central Appalachia for the economic transition of the region. Central Appalachia is defined as West Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee, Appalachian Ohio and Western North Carolina. 

This program offers the opportunity to spend a year working within host communities to help foster cross-sector (education, nonprofit, for-profit, philanthropy, and government) partnerships, provide needed capacity to regional efforts, and build personal and professional skills. Through institutional placements, independently designed projects, training, and mentoring, the program gives emerging leaders and host organizations skills and networks needed to advance economic and social change in the region.

Central Appalachia is engaged in a period of economic transition. While the decline of previously stable industries such as coal and manufacturing bring significant economic instability, it also offers Appalachia the opportunity to focus on the long-term well-being of its people and its communities. This economic transition allows regionally-based industries to prosper while also protecting and supporting the environmental and social well-being of the region. The Appalachian Transition Fellowship (AppFellows) seeks to increase the connectivity and capacity of Appalachian institutions and leaders while building a collective analysis and seeding projects to change the systemic problems in our region leading to a just and sustainable Appalachian economy.