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

Coalfield Development Corporation

Appalachian Sustainable Development

Mountain Association

The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Inc.

NCI Fund

Rural Action


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

Federal Pandemic Aid Hasn’t Reached Most Kentucky Farmers

USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has missed 70% of Kentucky’s farmers and has been largely inaccessible for direct market, small-scale, and specialty crop producers and farmers of color.

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Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: Milk House Cottage & Gardens

This post was originally published on the Winding Road website found here. BY GRANT JOY The agrarian lifestyle is a […]

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CAN is proud to support Big Ugly Community Center as a grantee partner in their work to build community and create opportunity in the coalfields of WV!The Big Ugly Community Center is a SEED partner that is transforming the economic future of the southern West Virginia by providing an average of seven full time and fifteen part time jobs per year on site, serving as the monthly training and year round coaching site, annually, for another 60 community education workers and 50 national service volunteers, and providing entrepreneurship, community education, health promotion, disaster relief training, and leadership opportunities for another 90 children and youth and 200 of their family and community members each year. We're thankful we were able to revitalize this building and help breathe new life into the community! Learn more about our community revitalization projects here:
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Is irrigation something a farmer HAS to do? In short, no. But there are a lot of positives with irrigation. In this video we will review the positive ways to irrigate as well as some not so positive routes.

Anyone who watches at least 5 videos and takes the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a door prize!

#irrigation #watermanagement #growingfarmers #farmeducationmonth #livingbetterlocally
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