Working for a more just and sustainable Appalachia.

The Central Appalachian Network (CAN)’s mission is to develop and deploy economic strategies that build wealth in local communities, conserve natural and cultural resources, and empower marginalized communities. We work in collaboration across sectors, partnering with other non-profits, community groups, funders, educational institutions, local government, and private business. CAN actively pursues economic transition in Central Appalachian communities through a variety of economic sectors and market-based strategies, and currently focuses on:

Food Systems Clean Energy Creative Placemaking

Appalachian Sustainable Development

Mountain Association

The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Inc.


How We Work

CAN is a network of networks, anchored by a Steering Committee of 7 non-profit organizations. CAN’s sector-focused networks coordinate regional analysis and strategies in areas like Food & Ag, Clean Energy, and Creative Placemaking. Our network of practitioner partners includes over 50 different organizations working on community economic development, including non-profits, local government agencies, lenders, community groups, social enterprises, and academic institutions. CAN’s roles include supporting peer-to-peer learning, collaborative strategies, organizational capacity-building, cross-sector partnership, demonstration projects, in-person convening, and field-building research & publications.

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Events & Happenings

There is a lot happening across our region every day! To help share, promote, and keep track of all the activities CAN partners are involved in, use this shared calendar to share information about your upcoming events and learn about other happenings.

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Stories & Resources

Rural Action seeks a Beginning Farmer Outreach Assistant for its Sustainable Agriculture Program

Rural Action’s Sustainable Agriculture program is currently hiring a Beginning Farmer Outreach Assistant. Learn more here. The Beginning Farmer Outreach Assistant will […]

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CAN Members’ Collaborative Project Builds Food Access in Rural Ohio Communities

Veggie Van Builds Healthy Food Access in Rural Ohio Communities By: Rachel Brunot   If you have ever been to […]

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Too many viable, impactful solar projects in Central Appalachia are currently stymied by financial and regulatory hurdles. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

This week, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced a grant for the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund, a project to unlock the economic and clean energy potential of solar energy at commercial and institutional sites like schools, businesses, fire and rescue stations, and more across our region.

Through the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund, Appalachian Voices will partner with the Central Appalachian Network, Partner Community Capital, Invest Appalachia and New Resource Solutions to accelerate solar development and economic growth in the region. #ClimateResilience #SolarPower #JustTransition #sustainableAppalachia #CleanEnergy #solar
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Appalachian Voices

We're proud recipients of a 2021 Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Initiative award!

Our project, the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund, is one of 57 awards across 184 coal-impacted counties receiving a total of $46.4 million. Our team will partner with the Central Appalachian Network, Partner Community Capital, Invest Appalachia and New Resource Solutions to catalyze commercial and institutional #solar projects in coal-impacted communities throughout Central Appalachia.
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