Working for a more just and sustainable Appalachia.

The Central Appalachian Network (CAN) works to advance the equitable, just, and sustainable economic transition of Central Appalachia. By maximizing the impact of their collective work, we can all create resilient, diverse, and inclusive communities throughout our region. Explore how you can connect with Central Appalachian Network (CAN).


2024 CAN Convening

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Call for Speakers

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Interested in sponsoring the CAN Convening through a specific track, equity goal, or farm to table dinner?

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Mountain Association

Appalachian Sustainable Development

The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Inc.


How We Work

CAN is a network of networks led by a Leadership Team comprising a cohort of mentor organizations alongside the co-chairs of each Working Group. The Working Groups are sector-focused networks that coordinate regional analysis and strategies in areas such as Clean Energy; Food and Sustainable Agricultural Systems; Reuse (Materials management and circular economy); and Ecological Restoration. The larger Central Appalachian Network includes the participants of these sector-based Working Groups, along with an open invitation to those that wish to engage CAN in their own work and community.

Our network of practitioner partners includes nearly 100 different organizations working on community economic development, including nonprofits, local government agencies, lenders, community groups, social enterprises, and academic institutions. These networks are leading the charge in transitioning Central Appalachia’s economy by creating economic opportunities that are environmentally sustainable, building on our cultural assets and natural resources, and meeting the needs of our region’s people.

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ARISE Funding

The Appalachian Regional Commission is providing $498,300 to CAN! This will help to further our implementation plans, working group action […]

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CAN Convening – Save the Date!

We are pleased to announce that our Regional Peer to Peer Convening will be taking place in Huntington, WV this […]

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