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).


Appalachian Sustainable Development

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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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Apply for a Bonus 10-20% of DOE Solar Project Funding

Apply for a Bonus 10-20% of DOE Solar Project Funding Low-income communities across Appalachia can apply for a BONUS 10 to […]

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Super grateful to have been able to host folx from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Central Appalachian Network on a tour of our space yesterday!
Special thanks to Gayle Manchin and her staff for coming to see the work we've been doing!

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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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