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Coal community leaders release historic platform for national economic transition

Built on Community-Driven Solutions by Local, Tribal, and Labor Leaders, NET Platform Pushes For Bold Investments in National Transition Program For Those Hit Hardest by Changing Coal Economy CONTACT: Trey Pollard, Just Transition Fund tpollard@justtransitionfund.org 202-904-9187 Cat McCue, Appalachian Voices

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Southwest Virginia seeks partners for solar development

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CONTACT: Adam Wells, Regional Director of Community and Economic Development, adam@appvoices.org, 276-679-1691 Norton, VA — The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia today released a Request for Information (RFI) for a “co-development concept” for commercial-scale solar projects throughout the seven-county coalfield

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A policymaker’s guide to fostering community solar development

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Pro-solar policy is crucial to bringing clean, renewable energy to Southwest Virginia and Appalachia as a whole.

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19 old coal sites identified for innovative development projects

Appalachian communities are exploring ways to attract new businesses, pull families out of poverty and strengthen skilled workforces. A primary focus is to redevelop old, unused coal sites.

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Touring solar successes in Southwest Virginia

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Residents from across the region toured solar installations in Abingdon and Wise County, Va., to learn more about solar development, financing options and more.

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Advocates for Appalachia in D.C. this week

Meet Laura Miller, Jacob Hannah and Darrell Coker — three Appalachians who traveled to D.C. this week to stand up for their communities and advocate for passage of the RECLAIM Act.

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Building a Better Economy

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Communities across Appalachia are striving to build a more resilient and sustainable economy.

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Expanding Our Vision & Deepening Our Impact

Appalachian Voices staff and board share our objectives for the next three years, which will advance our regional vision of a healthy environment and strong local economies that allow communities to thrive.

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Remaking Downtowns

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Communities across Appalachia are striving to bring new energy to downtowns that have suffered from population decline or the loss of once-dominant industries.

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House renews funding to clean up old coal mines

The House of Representatives yesterday evening passed two measures that would continue the critical work of communities in Central Appalachia to cleanup and repurpose old coal mines for new economic development initiatives. The two amendments to the Interior appropriations bill

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