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

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

New Policy Toolkit for Expanding Central Appalachia’s Energy Leadership in the 21st Century

Central Appalachia's emerging clean energy economy has potential benefits for economic development, job creation, community resilience, and sustainability. Yet, the policy context at the state, local, and regulatory level is critically important to this emerging market. This policy analysis toolkit from the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) looks at the region's policy landscape and provides a set of recommendations and priorities to guide future policy change and advocacy efforts in Appalachia.

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Forest Farming & Agroforestry in Central Appalachia

This Food & Ag Systems Working Group learning call, hosted by CAN and the Appalachia Funders Network, featured a collection […]

Read MoreIn Agroforestry, Food systems, Forest farming, Non-timber Forest Products, Value Chains

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Rural Action

Update: Carie Starr stopped by our booth at OEFFA's 40th Annual Conference! Great to see a partner engaging, learning, and promoting Women Grow Ohio! ... See MoreSee Less

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Rural Action

Members of our Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Forestry programs had another great year at OEFFA's 40th Annual Conference! We joined our partners at Community Food Initiatives, United Plant Savers, Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition, and Women Grow Ohio for a couple great days of sharing ideas and learning from local organizations. ... See MoreSee Less

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