Cooperative Appalachia

Cooperatives offer a more democratic model of economic participation than top-down business models, especially for single economic sectors of more rural Appalachia. Come hear why one set of land-based producers and allies chose to form a producers cooperative in Southern West Virginia, what research informs their decisions with respect to scope and scale, and their challenges for ag, value-added ag, and creative economy institution building where energy or energy adjacent industry still reigns. Engage in a discussion of their and your process for determining what kinds of business models, support for those, and other institutions their and your community might explore or found to offer bricks and mortar support for emerging economic possibilities. A brief outline will also be providing sketching out the vast array of support offered the energy sector in our region, and mapping out what kinds of support could mirror that for other economic sectors.