Register For the AppFellows Regional Gathering on May 17-18, 2017!


The Highlander Center’s Appalachian Transition Fellowship program invites you to join the 2017 fellows, host communities, and folks from across Central Appalachia at this regional gathering May 17-18, 2017, in Benham, KY to share ideas, build relationships, and strategize together to advance a just economic transition in our region.

“Scaling Up: Connecting Local Economies and People Power to a Just Regional Transition” will convene folks from across Central Appalachia to share local, community-led efforts that are shifting economies and power to the people; to map our communities and our work across issue, states, and the region to identify collaborative opportunities; and to share, strategize, and network with fellows, hosts, and other folks who are doing great work in Appalachia.

Scaling Up: Connecting local economies and people power to a just regional transition


Benham, KY / Schoolhouse Inn

Wednesday, May 17

8 am:                    Breakfast and Registration

9:15 am:               Welcome and Introductions / Opening Conversation

10:15 am:             The Broader Context of our Work in These Times

                                Building a Collective Vision

                                What Next, WV? case stud

12 pm:                  Lunch

1 pm:                     Community Mapping

2:15 pm:               Break

2:30 pm:               Case Studies

·         Appalachian Sustainable Development (TN/VA)

·         Unlimited Future (WV)

·         Community Farm Alliance (KY)

3 pm:                     Power Analysis / Scaling up from community to state to region (by sector/issue-based)

5 pm:                     Walking Tour of Benham with Roy Silver

6 pm:                     Dinner and Party at the Eastern KY Social Club in Lynch, KY

Thursday, May 18

8 am:                     Breakfast

8:30 am:               Welcome / Grounding

8:45 am:               Scaling up our Reach / Expanding our Base

9:45 am:               Case Study

·                             InVision Hazard (KY)

10:00 am:             Next Steps / Bold Actions

                                With cross-region, cross-sector partners

11:00 am:             Closing and Evaluation

For folks who aren't an AppFellow or AppFellows host community you will need to make your own lodging arrangements at the Benham School House Inn at: 100 Central Ave. Benham, KY 40807 by calling 606-848-3000.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Wednesday May 17th and breakfast on Thursday May 18th will be covered.

Name *
(Please share any specific issues the gathering should address, as well as specific outcomes for you and/or the region):
(Please include any information you would like to share, any materials or resources available to participants, and if you are interested in facilitating a discussion or session):
(Check or cash upon arrival)
For AppFellows and AppFellows host communities only: Please indicate if you will need lodging at the event site on either May 16 and/or May 17. Lodging is paid for all AppFellows and any interested AppFellow host community members.