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  1. 1. Accelerating the Economic Transition of Central AppalachiaPromisingSectors.EntrepreneurialSupports.CommunityCapacity. The Appalachia Funders Network 3rd Annual Gathering Berea, Kentucky March 28 and 29, 2012
  2. 2. Executive SummaryIn March 2012, 84 people representing 56 Appalachia’s Economic Transitionorganizations came together at the 3rd AnnualGathering of the Appalachia Funders Network For decades, Appalachia has struggled toin Berea, Kentucky. Participants included overcome some of the highest rates ofgrantmakers, development practitioners, young poverty, unemployment, and chronic health problems in the nation, despite ourleaders, and local entrepreneurs. The goal of the abundant natural resources, strong culturalgathering was to develop a set of common heritage, and entrepreneurial spirit. Wepriorities and actions related to two topics: (1) envision a sustainable regional economyaccelerating the startup and growth of that builds on these assets to create multipleentrepreneurs, and (2) strengthening the forms of wealth and promote opportunitycapacity of local communities to successfully and equity for all Appalachian individuals, families, and communities.develop, implement, and sustain economicdevelopment strategies.The gathering began with an evening of Appalachian culture. We spent an evening reconnecting andenjoying local Appalachian music, dance, poetry, and storytelling.The next morning we began with a welcome from Sandra Mikush, Chair of the Appalachia FundersNetwork. Sandra shared a video that the Network developed, which set the stage for our work together. Wespent the rest of the morning in three site visits, where we talked with local entrepreneurs, practitioners, andyoung leaders about the opportunities and challenges they face as they work to improve local economies.We reconvened for two presentations at lunch. Both speakers challenged us to use our best assets, ourpeople, to strengthen local economies. In the afternoon, we held two panel conversations, one on how tosupport rural entrepreneurs and one on how to build community capacity.During our second day, we worked in small groups to develop priorities for growing entrepreneurship andstrengthening community capacity. We closed by developing plans for next steps, both as individual organizations and as a network. As grantmakers, we recognize that we cannot make change on our own. It is, after all, local people who will drive the economic transition that we hope to see in our region. At this gathering, we developed some concrete ideas about how funders can work with local people to create an economy where people and communities become more prosperous while protecting the landscapes upon which Appalachian culture and society depend.
  3. 3. ContentsContext for the 2012 Gathering……………………………………………………………... 1Opening Session and Welcome: Accelerating the Economic Transition……........... 2Local Site Visits: Estill County, Rockcastle County, Next Generation Leaders........... 3Keynote Presentations: The Role of Entrepreneurship in Economic Transition.......... 4Panel Discussions: Supporting Entrepreneurship, Building Community Capacity…. 5Setting Priorities: Supporting Entrepreneurship, Building Community Capacity........ 6Defining Next Steps: For Individual Grantmakers For the Network….......................... 8Moving Forward: Two Network Initiatives………………………………………………….. 10Closing Reflections……………………………………………………………………………... 11Participating Funders………………………………………………………………………….. 12Participating Practitioners…………………………………………………………………….. 13Pre-Conference Cultural Exchange Speakers and Performers……………………….. 14Gathering Sponsors……………………………………………………………………………. 15About the Appalachia Funders Networks………………………………………………… 16
  4. 4. Context for the 2012 GatheringAppalachia Funders NetworkThe Appalachia Funders Network is a group of public and private grantmakers who envision anentrepreneurial-based Appalachian economy that provides opportunity for all, while sustaining theenvironmental and cultural assets of our region. Our work is focused in Central Appalachia, the region wedefine as the Appalachian counties of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and NorthCarolina. As a network, we offer grantmakers the opportunity to develop a shared analysis and collectivestrategies to address the challenges and opportunities that we see across the region. “At past gatherings, we’ve really looked at why Appalachia’sNetwork Gatherings: Past and Present transition is important. We also discussed key opportunities, butThe Appalachia Funders Network formed in March 2010. Since now it’s time to make thisthen, we have hosted three annual gatherings, each building on happen and work together tothe energy and vision of the previous year’s work and identifying advance this work.”key areas of common interest and potential collaboration. - Sandra Mikush, Chair, Appalachia Funders Network2010: Appalachia in Transition, Abingdon, VA• Developed an analysis of the forces that have shaped Appalachia• Recognized that the region is in another economic transition• Discussed how we can help move the region towards a more sustainable and equitable economy• Decided to form and develop the Appalachia Funders Network2011: Strategies for Collaboration, Charleston, WV• Developed analyses of opportunities and challenges in the food, energy, and health sectors• Identified barriers to collaboration among grantmakers interested in the economic transition• Developed concrete strategies to increase collaboration among grantmakers across Central Appalachia2012: Accelerating the Economic Transition of Central Appalachia, Berea, KY• Explored the entrepreneurial supports and community capacity needed to advance the region’s economy• Created a list of shared priorities for strengthening entrepreneurship and community capacity• Developed concrete ways that individual grantmakers and the Network can move these priorities• Celebrated our Appalachian heritage, culture, and artsThis paper seeks to share some of our learning, analysis, priorities, and next steps from this year’s gathering.Appalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 1
  5. 5. Opening Session and WelcomeAccelerating the Economic TransitionSandra Mikush, Chair of the Appalachia Funders Network,challenged us to use the wisdom of everyone in the room tothink together about how to accelerate Appalachia’seconomic transition. “There are a lot of folks in the roomwho bring different skills, perspectives, and ways ofsupporting the work, but it is going to take all of us, sharingwhat we know and learning what we don’t know, to makethis transition a reality.” She framed the next two days as anopportunity to “really dig deep” into understanding theentrepreneurial supports and community capacity that areneeded to make a just and sustainable economic transition a reality.Sandra then shared a video that offered a short meditation on what we mean by the Appalachian transition,why it is important, and what it is going to take to move the transition forward. The video opened with aquote from an Appalachian community development practitioner: “People are the engine that will get thistransition done. Those people most directly impacted by the problems in the region have to be part of thesolution.” The video closed with a quote from a local Appalachian funder: “The greatest gift we have is righthere, right now. If you’re here, you’re the right people. We need to come together as people who want tolive and work and give here, and make this be the community that we need it to be.” These quotes capturethe spirit of why we came together in Berea. Click here to view the video.This call to action rallied funders and practitioners to use the gathering to think strategically and creativelyabout how to align our work and move our vision of Appalachia’s transition forward.Appalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 2
  6. 6. Local Site VisitsLearning and Analysis from the Ground UpTo better understand the roles that entrepreneurship and community capacity play in rural developmentefforts, we headed to Estill County, Rockcastle County, and the campus of Berea College to talk with localentrepreneurs, development practitioners, and young leaders. We heard about the opportunities andchallenges they face in working to improve their communities. Below is a brief description of each site visit.Estill County: Facilitated by Joe Crawford, Estill Development Alliance; Shane Barton,University of Kentucky Appalachia CenterGathering participants met with leaders of the Estill County Local Motive Alliance, a new initiativeworking to grow the regional economy. We learned how local economic development efforts in EasternKentucky are shifting from business recruitment to strengthening local business networks. We visited twolong-standing local businesses, Ravenna Greenhouse and Florist and Sharon’s Cosmetics, that have acombined 110 years of experience. Each business owner shared the history of their business, changesthey’ve made to increase revenue and local sourcing, and the support they need to grow their business overthe long term.Rockcastle County: Facilitated by Corey Craig, Citizens BankParticipants learned about Rockcastle County’s community-wide strategic planning process and talked tomany partners who helped carry out and develop this plan. The Rural Transit Enterprises Coordinated(RTEC) provided a trolley tour to view rural community development projects focused on transportation,health care, and education. At Rockcastle Regional Hospital, we learned about efforts to attract medicalprofessionals and efforts to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions by installing solar panels. Next wevisited the Rockcastle County Area Technology Center to learn about their focus on teaching advancedtechnical skills to area students. Our last stop was at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, where we learnedabout efforts to promote tourism and serve as an educational center for the community.The Next Generation of Leaders in Appalachia: Ada Smith, Appalshop; Ethan Hamblin,Berea College; Elandria Williams, Highlander Center; Sarah Riley, High RocksParticipants engaged with the region’s next generation of leaders in a dialogue around ways to support,grow, and include young leaders in Appalachia’s economic transition. We discussed how the development ofyoung leadership is critical to transforming rural communities. The young people at this site visit had severalideas for investing in the next generation of leaders in Central Appalachia, including investing in education,engaging young leaders in philanthropy, placing young leaders in positions of authority in key organizations(e.g., boards of directors or advisory boards), supporting organizational and leadership development foryoung nonprofit leaders, connecting young people with organizations (e.g., fellowships), and addressing thechallenges that continue to hold down young folks across Appalachia (e.g., substance abuse, teen pregnancy,obesity, underachieving educational systems). Click here to view slides from this session.Appalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 3
  7. 7. Keynote PresentationsThe Role of Entrepreneurship in Appalachia’s Economic Transition Earl Gohl, Federal Co-Chair, Appalachian Regional Commission Earl Gohl drew attention to the “entrepreneurial spirit” of Appalachian communities and encouraged us to use our best assets – our people – to strengthen our economy. Gohl challenged us to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem (the infrastructure of supportive policies, mentors, financing, markets, and so on) across the region to ensure that all entrepreneurs have access to the supports they need. Click here to view a video of Earl Gohl’s address to the Network.Erik Pages, President, EntreWorks ConsultingErik Pages recommended an entrepreneurial developmentstrategy in Appalachia that moves from helpingentrepreneurs get started (business incubation) to growingbusinesses once they are up and running (businessacceleration). “And this can’t be just about keeping it local,”he proposed. “You need to think about how to take thesegreat firms in Appalachia and link them to great growthopportunities located in Appalachia, across the US, andacross the world.” He suggested that our entrepreneurs (andour support systems for entrepreneurs) need to be moreambitious, more global in thinking, and more aggressive aboutachieving strong growth. Click here to view slides from Erik Pages presentation.Pages’ emphasis on accelerating growth was controversial. Many gathering participants disagreed with hissuggestions; however, the conversation was helpful for the Network to begin to clarify its vision ofAppalachia’s economic transition. As one participant commented, “I hope that we can say not only, ‘Whatcan we do to promote economic growth?” but also, “How can we do that in a way that fosters just andsustainable communities?’” As participants reacted to Pages’ suggestions, there seemed to be an emergingconsensus that Appalachia’s economic transition go beyond accelerating growth to developing economiesthat foster justice, equity and sustainability. Pages’ presentation helped us realize that we need to moreclearly conceptualize the economic transition that we are working to create, and the Network has madeplans to do this over the next year.Appalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 4
  8. 8. Panel DiscussionsSupporting Entrepreneurship and Building Community CapacityEntrepreneurial Supports: Erik Pages, EntreWorks; Corey Craig, Citizens Bank; ReginaBecknell, MACED; Lesa Geiringer, Powdermill PotteryPanelists referred to Appalachia’s entrepreneurial Supporting Entrepreneurs: What Works?assets, highlighting its people, geography, communityleaders, and core organizations. They recognized the § Educate on business planning, financingregion’s historical challenges, from limited access to § Focus on young leadersresources and technology to dependence on § Provide one-on-one mentoringgovernment assistance and widespread substance § Transition skilled workers toabuse. To build upon our assets and overcome the entrepreneurshipchallenges we face, panelists emphasized the § Strengthen community connections –importance of working to create a culture of systems, people, and organizationsentrepreneurship in Appalachia that engages and § Promote the benefits of local buyinginfluences people, organizations, and systems. § Develop a community wide vision/planPanelists suggested several key practices for § Foster broad-based leadershipsupporting entrepreneurs. Click here to view slides § Create flexible kick starter capitalfrom a presentation. Click here to view the video. § Help local bankers see themselves as community financial advisersCommunity Capacity: Peter Hille, Brushy Fork Institute; Gerry Roll, Foundation forAppalachian Kentucky; Natasha Watts, Appalshop; Nikki Martin, Center for ParticipatoryChange Community capacity refers to the ability of a Building Community Capacity: What Works? community to plan, implement, and sustain economic development efforts. It includes § Foster a broad base of local leadership individual, organizational, institutional, and § Hire creative, independent young people governmental capacities. Panelists noted that § Support locally-rooted practitioners some local areas have a strong sense of § Create opportunities for immigrants community, engaged young folks, and § Build cross-sector networks organizations working on leadership § Make longer term, strategic investments development, project development, community- § Help nonprofits to think beyond their work wide planning, and multiple forms of oppression. § Do anti-oppression and multi-lingual work They shared ideas about what works well for § Focus on assets and strengths building community capacity. Click here to view § Collaborate: funders and nonprofits slides from a presentation. Click here to view the video.Appalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 5
  9. 9. Setting PrioritiesPriorities: Supporting Entrepreneurship and Building Community CapacityAs part of developing a common analysis of the key levers for advancing the economic transition of CentralAppalachia, gathering participants engaged in a participatory process to identify priorities for acceleratingthe startup and growth of entrepreneurship and strengthening community capacity across the region.ProcessParticipants worked together in small groups to betterunderstand how to effectively support entrepreneurs andbuild community capacity. We reflected upon whatpractitioners see as the “on-the-ground” challenges andopportunities. We then developed priorities for what weneed to do to support entrepreneurs and strengthencommunity capacity. These priorities are summarizedbelow.Priorities: Supporting Entrepreneurship1. Build a culture for entrepreneurship. The first priority for supporting entrepreneurshipfocused on working to bring about a cultural shift, a shift in attitude, worldview, or ways of thinking. Theidea is to help create a “can do” attitude, openness to innovation, and a default way of interacting that isbased on collaboration rather than competition. Gathering participants felt that there was particularopportunity among younger folks, students, and consumers. We thought that student-focused educationefforts and “buy local” campaigns hold promise. In short, building a culture for entrepreneurship meansgetting folks in local communities – teachers, students, consumers, entrepreneurs, community-based leaders– thinking and acting from an entrepreneurial perspective. Only by doing this might we create a communityculture where people dream big and take risks to reach their dreams.2. Provide supports for entrepreneurs and businesses. The second priority identified byparticipants was more concrete and action-oriented than the first. We laid out a menu of education,assistance, and support for entrepreneurs and existing businesses, which included the following: • Provide education and technical assistance for small business planning, operations, finances, and management • Provide high-quality communications infrastructure for entrepreneurs • Provide mentorship programs, peer support, and coaching for entrepreneurs at all stages • Target students, young entrepreneurs, and new entrepreneurs with education and support • Help entrepreneurs access existing capital, especially in economically distressed communities • Make sure all the supports above are locally rooted, hands-on, and available for the long haulAppalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 6
  10. 10. 3. Engage in community collaboration, systems change, and policy change.The third priority identified by participants was to create a system of support for entrepreneurs. Here welaid out a menu of various ways of working that move beyond a particular entrepreneur, business, lender,nonprofit, foundation, or community: • Strengthen larger systems that support entrepreneurs (e.g., health care, child care, education) • Conduct participatory, inclusive assessment and planning efforts to develop cross-sector strategies • Learn about and build upon local community strengths, opportunities, challenges, and needs • Assess markets for local entrepreneurs (e.g., local, rural-urban, global) • Conduct a “leakage analysis” to identify products and services that could be developed locally • Use data about local opportunities and challenges to create “aha” experiences for decision-makers • Connect county, state, and regional leadership to local economic development efforts • Ensure good governance and public sector accountability through public participation • Address corruption in local systems and institutions; corruption blocks hope and opportunity • Advocate for policy changes that support local entrepreneurs and create demand for local businessesPriorities: Building Community Capacity1. Interact with communities in participatory ways. The first priority for buildingcommunity capacity focused on working in ways that begin from community-based and community-ownedideas, programs, and policy initiatives. The idea here is that low-wealth communities best understand thechallenges they face and can generate the most effective solutions. Engaging communities in participatoryways means creating safe, neutral, facilitated spaces for reflection, planning, and action - spaces wherecommunity members can build trust and relationships, find common ground, and break the paralysis thatlong-standing divides can bring about. It means conducting community-wide assessments that map theassets of our communities and build community improvement efforts on those assets. It means examiningthe root causes of the challenges that communities are facing.2. Develop a diverse pool of leaders and organizations. The second priority focused onbuilding a diverse pool of community-based and regional leaders and organizations. We laid out a menu ofstrategies for supporting leaders and organizations: • Support young or emerging leaders who are rooted in local places and committed for the long haul • Develop leaders who are ready, who have a leadership spark – whoever is here are the right folks • Support community sparkplugs, people who ignite a fire, who bring people together for change • Develop broad-based, inclusive community leadership (e.g., diversity in power, varied stakeholders) • Support local grassroots organizations, groups of people most affected by Appalachia’s problems • Support regional “anchor organizations” that build capacity and have broad impact • Provide organizational development support • Make long-term investments, particularly in anchor organizations • Provide diverse types of grants (e.g., operating, capacity building) to ensure long-term impact • Encourage coordinated, strategic efforts among various funders and between funders and granteesAppalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 7
  11. 11. Defining Next StepsNext Steps: For Individual Grantmakers and for the NetworkThe second day of the Gathering included a grantmakers-only session to assess the top priorities thatdeveloped from the previous day’s work with practitioners.  ProcessParticipating grantmakers worked in small groups to review lists from the previous day and identify waysthat individual grantmakers and the Network can act on our collective analysis.Next Steps: Individual Grantmakers1. Develop assessments, measures, and evaluation tools. When we worked to identifynext steps for individual grantmakers, the first priority we identified was to assess models or approaches tosee what’s working in local communities in terms of supporting entrepreneurship and building communitycapacity. Based on what is working, we talked about developing evaluation tools that will provide us withmore information about how our work can have deeper impact. Using these tools would also would give usa baseline for measuring change over the long haul.2. Develop long-term investment strategies. Another next step focused on developinggrantmaking strategies that take a long-term view, looking and investing beyond a one-year grant cycle.Long-term investments lead to more strategic interventions and broader collective impact. We discussed theidea of investing patiently and investing in stages, as interventions are developed over time. We talked aboutinvesting both to catalyze innovation and support proven and effective approaches.3. Invest in entrepreneurship supportsystems and leadership development.A third next step related to two particular areas ofpotentially fruitful investment: systems of supportfor entrepreneurs and leadership development. Asystem of support of entrepreneurs would provideentrepreneurs with the support they need to thrive.When we talked about investing in the leadership ofyoung people and supporting leadershipdevelopment in organizations that focus on policyand systems change.Appalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 8
  12. 12. Next Steps: Appalachia Funders Network1. Support regional collaboration and leadership development. Several grantmakershad ideas about connecting communities across the region to share expertise and lessons learned and engagein open dialogue and mutual learning. We were particularly drawn to the idea of developing ways ofsupporting the next generation of leaders across Appalachia and engaging more young people inphilanthropy.2. Develop shared evaluationmeasures and results. We had someconversation about the need to develop sharedmeasurements and a common set of goals orresults. We also talked about the importance ofmeasuring what really matters. The idea wouldbe to use these measurement tools to informstrategies for accelerating the economictransition and for influencing other grantmakersby validating and promoting proven strategies.3. Promote collaboration among funders. We discussed ways to promote collaboration,including shared strategies, joint funding, co-funding, collaboratively funding regional efforts, and creating apool of funds to disburse as a network. Collaboration would allow relatively small funders or nonprofits todevelop successful ideas or approaches that could then be disseminated widely. Great ideas with provenimpact at a relatively local scale could be spread across the region in a strategic, coordinated way.Collaboration could also result in shared information; we would all “work smarter” and be more confidentabout our investments with more information about what works in local communities. Finally, collaborationamong funders can lead to better-informed network strategy, which would make our investments moreeffective.4. Deepen and broaden the Network and its work. We talked about deepening the work ofthe Appalachia Funders Network by continuing to convene the Network and its members. This will help todeepen our understanding of relevant issues; it will also help educate non-members about innovativefunding opportunities in the region. We also talked about broadening the scope of our work together byexploring the possibility of collaborating with other networks on related economic development activitiesand working together to influence policy and systems change related to Appalachia’s economic transition.5. Develop Network Initiatives. We plan to continue to develop our two existing initiatives, StartupAppalachia and the Food Systems Working Group. We also plan to develop an action team around thehealthcare sector and to identify intersections among promising sectors (e.g., intersections between localfood systems and healthcare systems).Appalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 9
  13. 13. Moving Forward: Network InitiativesMoving Our Collective Work Forward: Next Steps for Network InitiativesIn our next session, we focused on two initiatives that have momentum and leadership within theAppalachia Funders Network: Startup Appalachia and the Food Systems Working Group. Each initiativehas a set of committed leaders, interest from a broader array of Network members, and an emerging focusfor its work.Startup AppalachiaStartup Appalachia is a proposed framework for aligning theefforts and funding of grantmakers, businesses,government agencies, and nonprofits to accelerate thedevelopment of promising sectors and developmentprojects related to the following areas: (1) Food Systemsand Entrepreneurship, (2) Energy and Entrepreneurship,and (3) Health Care and Entrepreneurship. Membersshared ideas and strategies for moving the work ofStartup Appalachia into action. In this group, wediscussed the potential for this project to leverage diversefunding and increase the scale of member-drivenprojects. Click here to view an overview of StartupAppalachia.Next steps include initiating a Startup Appalachia pilot project in collaboration with Network members, theAppalachian Regional Commission and USDA-Rural Development.The Food Systems Working GroupParticipants in this group began crafting a vision for how the Network can aid the economic transition ofAppalachia through the development of healthy local food systems. We brainstormed a list of key wordsrelated to this work and drafted a vision statement. We also discussed potential outcomes, such as increasedopportunities for producers, educated consumers, and institutional purchasing from schools, hospitals andrestaurants. Click here to view resources used to help craft the Working Group’s vision statementNext steps for the Food Systems Working group include refining a vision and impact statement, vetting itwith practitioners and allies, and using it to guide future learning and analysis for the Network and theCentral Appalachia region.Appalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 10
  14. 14. Closing ReflectionsThe Appalachia Funders Network recognizesthat large scale, lasting change won’t happen asthe result of one grantmaker or oneorganization’s work. The relationships wedevelop through our annual gatherings areessential to collaborating to create the changesthat we envision in Central Appalachia. Eachgathering allows us to make progress towardshared strategies and broader impact than anyone funder or practitioner can achieve alone.Together with leading practitioners, we went outin the field to talk with local entrepreneurs and established and emerging leaders in Kentucky to hearfirsthand what support they need to thrive and succeed. We discussed the unique opportunities, assets, andchallenges that exist for entrepreneurs and communities in Appalachia. We considered what’s working andnot working in our approaches. We also learned that we have some work to do to more clearly define thedesired impact of our uniquely Appalachian model of economic development.Through engaging in a mutual learning process with practitioners, students, emerging leaders, entrepreneursand diverse grantmakers, we explored common priorities to support and grow entrepreneurship and strengthen community capacity to support the economic transition of our region. We believe that the work we accomplished during this year’s gathering was one step in a much longer process of learning and collaboration among a diverse set of grantmakers and practitioners. We left the gathering knowing that we have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but confident in the trust and relationships we have with one another, encouraged by the common analysis and vision being created among Network members, and excited to continue to promote collaboration to create a more sustainable, inclusive, and just Appalachian economy.Appalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 11
  15. 15. Participating Funders Appalachian Community Fund: Margo Miller*, Darryl Cannady Appalachian Regional Commission: Earl Gohl, Ray Daffner, Sue Moreland blue moon fund: Stefan Jirka Cherokee Preservation Foundation: Susan Jenkins, Charlie Myers Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation: Mary Hunt-Lieving, Kimberly Tieman Community Foundation of Western North Carolina: Timothy Richards Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland: Bonnie Blankenship Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond: Jen Giovannitti* Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky: Gerry Roll*, Robin Gabbard* Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky: Susan Zepeda* Heifer USA: Jeffrey Scott* Kentucky Foundation for Women: Judith Jennings, Rae Strobel Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative: Joe Clabes Marguerite Casey Foundation: Cynthia Renfro Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation: Sandra Mikush*, Lora Smith, Dee Davis One Foundation: Marz Attar, Barbara Wyckoff Parkersburg Area Community Foundation: Fred Rader Scioto Foundation: Kim Cutlip, Toni Dengel The Alleghany Foundation: Mary Fant Donnan The Ford Foundation: Wayne Fawbush The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation: Becky Ceperley, Sheri Ryder U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Eddie Fendley USDA Rural Development: Bobby Goode, State Director, Tennessee, Lisa Sharp, Rural Development Coordinator, West Virginia, Robert Connelly, Assistant to the State Director, Tennessee, Robert Lewis, State Director, West Virginia, Thomas Fern, State Director, Kentucky, Timothy McNeilly, Rural Development Coordinator, Kentucky, Tony Logan, State Director, Ohio WV Grantmakers: Paul Daugherty * 2012 Gathering Planning TeamAppalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 12
  16. 16. Participating Practitioners Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center: Amelia Kirby Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute: Natasha Watts, Ada Smith Berea College: President Larry Shinn, William Turner, Anna Kate McWhorter, Kelly Kusumoto, Matt Callo, Natalie Crone, Candace Mullins, Ethan Hamblin Brushy Fork Institute: Peter Hille, Donna Morgan Eastern KY Local-Motive Business Alliance Network: Virginia Shoemaker Central Appalachian Network: Pam Curry, Larry Fisher, Marten Jenkins Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, and Technology: Ian Mooers Center for Participatory Change: Becky Brown, Nikki Marin Charleston Area Alliance: Cullen Naumoff Citizens Bank: Corey Craig Clear Creek Festival: Robert Martin Coalfield Development Corp: Brandon Dennison Community Farm Alliance: Martin Richards Emcee and Storyteller: Paula Larke Endow Kentucky, Dept. for Local Government: Harry Carver EntreWorks Consulting: Erik Pages Estill County Judge/Executive: Wallace Taylor Estill Development Alliance: Joe Crawford Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises, Inc.: Jim King University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences: Deborah Murray High Rocks Educational Corporation: Sarah Riley Highlander Research and Education Center: Elandria Williams Kentuckians for the Commonwealth: Burt Lauderdale Mountain Association for Community Economic Development: Justin Maxson, Regina Becknell Powdermill Pottery: Lesa Gieringer The JOBS Project, Inc.: Eric Mathis University of Kentucky Appalachian Center: Dr. Evelyn Knight, Shane Barton West Virginia Community Development Hub: Kent Spellman WV Center on Budget and Policy: Ted BoettnerAppalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 13
  17. 17. Pre-Conference Cultural ExchangeSpeakers and Performers Paula Larke, celebrated storyteller hosted an evening of Appalachian cultural celebration and helped integrate arts and culture throughout the entire gathering Musicians Visual Artists Berea Castoffs Debra Hille Marc Reyes Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea Clear Creek Victoria Faoro Festival Robert Martin Poet Carol O’Brien Makalani Bandele Mitch Barrett Moose Morgan Robert Rorrer Music Theater PoetryAppalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 14
  18. 18. Gathering SponsorsGathering HostsWe would like to extend a special thank you to the Historic Boone Tavern, Berea College, the Brushy ForkInstitute, New Opportunity School for Women, and the Main Street Cafe for hosting the gathering.Appalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 15
  19. 19. About the Appalachia Funders Network  The Appalachia Funders Network is a group of public and private grantmakers who envision anentrepreneurial-based Appalachian economy that provides opportunity for all while sustaining theenvironmental and cultural assets of our region. Members of the Network have come together, in this timeof economic, social, political, and environmental transition in Appalachia to: § Learn and share information about promising development ideas, projects and strategies, § Deepen our collective analysis and understanding of entrepreneurial-based economic development issues, challenges, and opportunities within Appalachia, § Build trusting and meaningful relationships among Appalachia-focused grant-makers, and § Discover new and innovative ways of working together for the purpose of accelerating the economic transition of Central Appalachia.Our work is focused in Central Appalachia, the region we define as the Appalachian counties of Ohio,Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. We believe that the current convergenceof economic innovation, federal policy initiatives, expanded regional capacity, and regional and nationalfunder interest offers unprecedented opportunities to: § Deepen the impact and expand the scale of promising economic transition efforts, § Develop and grow innovative approaches to building and growing wealth within the region, and § Leverage existing resources to increase outside investment in Appalachias economic recovery.Appalachia Funders Network Steering CommitteeBecky Ceperley, The Greater Kanawha Valley FoundationRay Daffner, Appalachian Regional CommissionWayne Fawbush, Ford FoundationMary Hunt-Lieving, Claude Worthington Benedum FoundationStefan Jirka, blue moon fundSandra Mikush, Mary Reynolds Babcock FoundationContact us:Appalachiafundersnetwork@gmail.comwww.appalachiafunders.orgAppalachia Funders Network CoordinatorRural Support Partners This paper was developed andThomas Watson, Executive Director written by Rural Support Partners775 Haywood Road, Suite K and published with assistance andAsheville, NC 28806 funding from the members of theEmail: thomas@ruralsupportpartners.comWebsite: www.ruralsupportpartners.com Appalachia Funders Network.Appalachia Funders Network – 2012 Gathering Proceedings 16

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