Why Central Appalachia? Why Now? 


Leaders across all sectors - public, private, and non-profit - recognize the economic future of the region cannot depend on external resources or industries. Central Appalachia is a region of:

  • Incredible assets
  • Rich natural resources
  • Strong cultural traditions
  • Diverse and talented people


By building upon these strengths, we will create an economy and a region that is thriving, sustainable, and equitable. The Appalachian Transition Fellowship will increase the entire region’s capacity to accelerate this economic transition, while simultaneously fostering multi-generational leaders who will carry that work forward in real and lasting ways.


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