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  • Member News: ARC Announces New Executive Director
  • Rural Assembly_Art Force Conference Upcoming Events Around Central Appalachia
  • Quarterly Connections Member Profile Quarterly Connections Member Profile
  • AppFellows1 Membership News: Spotlight on the Appalachian Transition Fellowship
  • Photo Courtesy Kevin Manuel A Successful 2014 Gathering
  • Transition video shot Appalachia’s Economic Transition Video Release
  • Appalachian Transition Vision Appalachian Transition Framework

Scott T. Hamilton, President and CEO of AdvantageWest, Named Executive Director of Appalachian Regional Commission WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014—Scott T. Hamilton, president and CEO of AdvantageWest Economic Development Group, has been appointed executive director of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a partnership of federal, state, and local government working for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia.  [Read More]

Rural Assembly_Art Force Conference

National Rural Assembly Visit Their Registration Page to Register Greensboro, NC, September 3-5 Review the conference agenda and check out the growing list of presenters, facilitators, and speakers below.  Presenters include: Robin Rather, Collective Strength Mary Swander, Iowa’s Poet Laureate  Rachel Reynolds Luster, Oregon County Food Producers & Artisan Co-Op Deb Markley, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship Chris Beck, USDA Rural Development  Donna Neuwirth, The  [Read More]

Quarterly Connections Member Profile

This quarter, we spotlight one of our newly elected Steering Committee Members. Terri Donlin Huesman is the Vice President of Programs at the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations in Ohio. How did you get involved in philanthropy and specifically in the field of health-focused philanthropy? For nearly 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of working in health  [Read More]


AppFellows in the News The Appalachian Transition Fellowship is making waves! Click here for a profile of AppFellows in Yes! Magazine. See below for an announcement of the program’s launch in June. Appalachian Transition Fellowship Under Way! Launched on June 1, the Appalachian Transition Fellowship placed high-capacity emerging regional leaders with a host community for  [Read More]

Photo Courtesy Kevin Manuel

Thank you to all who attended and helped make “The Power of Partnerships” in Athens, OH a huge success! Over 150 grantmakers, federal agency representatives, bankers, entrepreneurs, and local development practitioners came together to identify shared strategies for accelerating the economic transition of Central Appalachia. Check back in a couple months for the 2014 Gathering  [Read More]

Transition video shot

This short video highlights the partnerships and strategies we believe will advance Appalachia’s just and sustainable economic transition. Thank you to the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation for the production of this video.  If you are a member, email us your logo and we will personalize the video for you to share on your website! Contact:

Appalachian Transition Vision

The Framework for Appalachian Economic Transition is a synthesis of three years of learning and analysis by Network members, and identifies the strategies, promising sectors, and partnerships that we believe will advance Appalachia’s transition.  At the 2013 Network Gathering, members agreed to share, build upon, and ultimately utilize this framework as a guide to create  [Read More]