Cross-posted from Appalachian Voices
What do you do when economic diversification doesn’t seem to be on the political agenda for the coalfields? Create it yourself of course! The Virginia based Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards recently began their Appalachian Economic Community Series (ACES), which offers free workshops intended to educate communities in sustainable development and entrepreneurship.
On October 23rd the first of a four part series was offered to the public with workshops including “How to Build a Successful Business” presented by Cindy Green, business trainer for People Incorporated of Virginia as well as a rain barrel construction course offered by the members of the GO Training Team from Asheville, NC.
Future workshops will include adventure-tourism, community-owned wind energy, photovoltaic, and solar water heating.
ACES is only the tip of the iceberg in relation to the work SAMS members have been doing to bolster the local economy. Through the hard work of several members SAMS was also able to create a website www.wisecountylocal.org providing an online version of their “local business” directory for Wise County, VA. The online directory provides the residents of Wise County and beyond a list of locally owned businesses to patronize, keeping money in the area rather than being sent abroad by large chain stores. A hard copy will also be available within the next week.
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Appalachian Community Economic Series starts in Appalcahia, VA