A Look at Entrepreneurial Appalachia

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Throughout Appalachia, entrepreneurs are forging a new economic model — one based on local investment and local ownership — and their impact is already being felt in some of the Region’s evolving economic sectors, including energy, manufacturing, health care, and local food production.

Prompted in part by Appalachia’s need for economic diversification, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) commissioned RSP to research and summarize entrepreneurial opportunities within these economic sectors and to examine innovative projects that demonstrate multiple benefits to rural and underserved communities. The result is seven case studies and an overview of the opportunities and challenges within each of the promising sectors.

The examples presented in the report demonstrate job creation potential, cross-sector partnerships, and community impact. We invite you to read about seven successful entrepreneurial efforts throughout Appalachia, with a focus on extracting those lessons with the most potential for informing local and regional economic development efforts in your community.

Download the report here.