Dear friends, we have spent the last year compiling a community-based toolkit of resources aimed at cleaning up legacy pollution and integrating community voices into economic development initiatives happening across our region. We are now ready to share "Revitalizing Appalachia: A toolkit for clean-up and community development" and we want you to be a part of our efforts!
The Alliance has initiated this toolkit to provide resources for communities vulnerable to the downturn of the extraction-based economy. Our goal is to provide a guide that will assist community leaders through the lifecycle of an abandoned mine land, or AML, reclamation project– from defining community needs to building partnerships for projects in their area.
As a next step over the next few months, our Economic Transition Team is partnering with local organizations to offer training and information sessions on the resource, and to hear from local communities about how we can further develop it, based on your experiences and needs, into a resource that bolsters your own community development efforts. Some may decide to present the toolkit at a public city commission meeting or before the town Mayor, other groups may use the toolkit as a training resource for building partnerships across stakeholders. Our Economic Transition Team is designing workshops based on your needs and are excited to work with you to determine how this resource can be used in your community.
Are you interested in being a host site for our toolkit tour? To learn more, please call (717-649-0551) or email Lyndsay.Tarus@theallianceforappalachia.org. If you're ready to say "yes, come visit us!" then please fill out the form below with your location and 2 or 3 options for meeting dates.