Stories

Economic Development

  • Young people are moving Appalachia's economic transition forward

    Every day across various media platforms we are flooded with news about the downturn in our economy. In Appalachia, where the economy has traditionally been not so diverse, this often means layoffs in the coal industry, outsourcing of factory jobs and lack of job opportunities. Our young people are seeing this and taking note. Many of us have been encouraged to leave our mountains to...

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  • Grantee Spotlight: The Center for Heirs' Property

    "The Center for Heirs’ Property is at the forefront of property preservation and family business development that helps low-income families build wealth and assets over time by using the value of their land.”

    The...

  • The Value of Land

    The Center for Heirs' Property began as a project of the Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) in 2002 with input from heirs’ property owners, attorneys, judges, nonprofit service providers and funders. In 2005, The Center was established as its own nonprofit to meet the overwhelming need from low-income heirs' property owners for free educational and direct legal services.

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  • Changing the Conversation: How GBPI Helps Shape the Policy Debate

    The scene is an early October forum in suburban Atlanta. A gathering of conservative Georgia lawmakers who focus on education issues pose a challenge to the people at the meeting – help us make the case it is time to raise state taxes for the sake of our schoolchildren.

    Whoa. What did they just say?

    Not many of Georgia’s elected officials publicly broach the...

  • Out of the Ashes of the Coal Economy, a Bright Future?

    The last couple of years have brought substantial new economic challenges to Appalachian Kentucky. Already saddled with being one of the poorest regions in the country, mountain communities are being hit hard by steep layoffs in the coal industry. Since 2011, eastern Kentucky has lost more than 5,700 good-paying coal mining jobs. That’s a loss of 42% of the area’s coal workforce.

    This...