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).



We are excited to share this video introduction of CAN. Who and what is the Central Appalachian Network? Thanks to Verglas Media for the production!

News & Updates

A New Economy Rising in Appalachia

A New Economy Rising in Appalachia: Harnessing Network Collaboration for Community-led Development The Central Appalachian Network is pleased to release […]

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Equity Consulting Coordinator

The Central Appalachian Network seeks to deepen its engagement in justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (JEDIA) work to improve […]

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We Are Hiring!

Are you passionate about advancing an equitable, just, and sustainable transition in Central Appalachia? We are looking for a team […]

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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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Learn about the latest opportunities to connect with what’s happening in central Appalachia.

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