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Launch of Appalachian Solar Finance Fund will spur solar in coal-impacted communities

CONTACT: Autumn Long, Appalachian Solar Finance Fund Project Manager autumn.long@appvoices.org, 304-841-3539 The Appalachian Solar Finance Fund (SFF), a new program to jump-start commercial and institutional solar projects in coal-impacted communities throughout Central Appalachia, will launch on Thursday, November 4 with

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Appalachian Voices receives $1.5M from Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Initiative

CONTACT: Autumn Long, Appalachian Solar Finance Fund Project Manager autumn.long@appvoices.org, 304-841-3539 Adam Wells, Regional Director of Community and Economic Development adam@appvoices.org, 804 240 4372 Molly Moore, Appalachian Voices Editorial Communications Coordinator molly@appvoices.org, 847-401-3633 The Appalachian Solar Finance Fund (SFF) is

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What the bipartisan infrastructure bill means for Appalachia

The Senate’s nearly 3,000-page infrastructure bill would bring major investments in programs that support Appalachian communities, including abandoned mine cleanup and broadband. But the bill also has its flaws.

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Biden’s jobs plan holds promise for Appalachia

As an organization that cares deeply about the people, land and water of our region, we find much to applaud in the White House’s American Jobs Plan. Read about what the plan entails and hear from us and partners about what this plan could mean for Appalachia.

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Luthiery school opens manufacturing facility to provide economic opportunity

The Appalachian School of Luthiery in Hindman, Ky., recently opened the Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Company to train people for high-paying and highly skilled jobs in poverty-stricken areas.

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Appalachian Voices receives grant for solar in Southwest Virginia

Appalachian Voices has received a federal grant to help further the mission of the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia to develop the region as a hub for the solar industry, creating jobs and community wealth.

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Spending Bill Sustains Appalachian Programs

Foxfire Farmland

While the federal budget includes funding for programs like the Appalachian Regional Commission, the bill omitted the RECLAIM Act.

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McConnell Aide to be Tapped for Appalachian Post

President Trump intends to nominate Tim Thomas, a field representative on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s staff, as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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Restoring Land for Native Plants, Bees and Streams

map of Twin Star mine

A new nonprofit organization, born out of the bankruptcies of Alpha Natural Resources and Patriot Coal, is hoping to bring native forests back to these lands, and restore streams that can support native aquatic life and insects.

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Budget Blowback

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The “America First” budget proposed by President Donald Trump in March 2017 would slash funding to many programs that Appalachian residents depend on.

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