Economic transition in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia will require policy change at the local, state and federal levels. Transition will require policies and public investments that support growing sectors, train entrepreneurs and workers, eliminate barriers to economic growth and improve the overall quality of life. Government at all levels should be an active partner in the region's transition and must create ways to involve local people in planning and implementing strategies that can build a better future.
MACED's Appalachian Transition policy work includes new ideas for investment of coal severance tax dollars, the creation of a democratic regional planning body, ways to build an entrepreneur support system, and policies that can advance key economic sectors including energy, forestry, child care, health care, land remediation and more. The links below provide research and information on these policy ideas.
A Permanent Coal Severance Tax Fund for Eastern Kentucky
Clean Energy Opportunity Act
The Forests and Wood Products Sector in Appalachian Kentucky:
What We Heard and What We Learned
Childcare in Appalachian Kentucky
Transition Strategy: Support Entrepreneurs