Regional Strategic Gatherings connect the work of the Appalachian Transition Fellowship to a wider participant base around opportunities in important economic sectors. These sessions provide a space for people from non-profits, business, philanthropy, and educational groups throughout the region to share their work, and identify challenges and strategies to move the sector forward in Central Appalachia.
In 2017 the Appalachian Transition Fellowship had two regional gatherings that helped to deepen the connections and strengthen the relationships that the program has building in Central Appalachia over the past three years. The first of those gatherings was in Benham, KY on May 17-18 where we focused on building local economies across sectors throughout Appalachia, shared and learned what's happening in our communities and in the region, connected across issues and geography, and strategized with one another!
You can learn more about that event here: http://www.appfellows.org/may-2017-regional-gathering/
The second gathering was in Abingdon, VA on August 16-17.
In 2014-15, regional gatherings focused on three important areas that are providing opportunities for sustainable economic transition in the region: Food, Energy, and Alternative Economies. We welcomed people and groups working in these areas to join the fellows and host communities in a regional gathering to convene various sectors throughout Appalachia who might not otherwise have an opportunity to talk and strategize (non-profit, government, business, etc.)
Upcoming Regional Gatherings:
We will be announcing our 2018-2019 regional gatherings soon!
Previous Regional Gatherings:
"Scaling UP: Connecting Local Economies and People Power to a Just Regional Transition"
May 17-18, 2017 / Benham, KY
Appalachian Transition Fellowship Closing Gathering
May 18-19, 2015 / Knoxville, TN
"Strengthening ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIES in Appalachia"
March 4-5, 2015 / Hawks Nest State Park / Fayetteville, WV
This gathering was cancelled due to extreme weather in the region.
"STRENGTHENING APPALACHIA: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY"
December 4-5, 2014 / Benham, KY
Final Report, Resource Guide, Photos, Maps, and more information coming soon!
"Strengthening Local Food Systems in Appalachia"
Oct. 29-30, 2014 / Abingdon, VA
Click here for a Final Report, Resource Guide, Photos, Maps, and more information from the gathering!