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

Organizational Best Practices in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis brought a new reality & shifted the way we all live and work. Nonprofits are adjusting quickly […]

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Why Appalachia Is Ready for a Reuse Corridor

Written by: Jacob Hannah, Coalfield Development Corporation TRADITIONALLY, the notion of “sustainability” as we know it today was being humbly […]

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The Appal-TREE Project's Seed Hub has given out more than 150 bags that include a collection of garden seeds 🌱in Harlan, Knott, and Letcher Counties to individual families, community organizations and ministries, students in our Go H2O program and Healthy Cooking Classes, and kids that attended Farm Camp last summer. If you or someone you know could still use seeds, reach out to us; we still have a few available! ... See MoreSee Less

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Rural Action

Is your land a candidate for forest farming? Find out tomorrow (6/5) at 2 p.m. during ”Forest Farming 101: An Introduction to Growing & Marketing Non-Timber Forest Products.” Rural Action's Tanner Filyaw will be the presenter in this first installment of Forest Farming Fridays, a series of webinars by the West Virginia Forest Farming Initiative. For more information and to register, check out the event details below.
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