• Advance the Appalachian Transition

    Strengthen & connect community economic development leaders, organizations, and foundations across Central Appalachia.

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    Grow New Business Models

    Deepen the impact and expand the scale of social enterprise businesses, value chains, and cooperatives.

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    Innovate Rural Development

    Capture and share the tools, models, and lessons learned from our work.

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How We Support Rural

Increase Nonprofit & Funder Impact

Cultivate Networks & Collaboration

Improve the Practice of Rural Development

Optimize Revenue & Results for Social Enterprises


Core Elements of a Network

In 2011, RSP set out to learn about networks of rural-based organizations that are using collective strategies to build local […]

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What is a Social Enterprise?

Social enterprise is about solving old problems in new ways. In persistently distressed communities, social enterprises can explore and grow market opportunities that wouldn’t exist otherwise.

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Spiral Model for Popular Education

The Spiral Model is a grounding concept RSP uses to facilitate collaborative group processes. Using the model, we draw out the experiential wisdom of our partners, form collective knowledge, and plan for creating change originating from the group.

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