Resources & Publications

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Investing in the Economic Future of Eastern Kentucky

A new report by the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development calls for the creation of an Appalachian Planning and Development Fund to oversee strategic planning for the region and direct the use of some portion of severance tax funds. The report emphasizes that an open and inclusive process is as important as the funds themselves to producing positive outcomes.

State level estimates of felon disenfranchisement, 2010 data

This report from the Sentencing Project provides state-by-state data about how many individuals have lost the right to vote due to a crazy-quilt pattern of laws that bar people convicted of a felony from voting. Kentucky is one of three states that bars more than 20% of voting age African Americans from voting. A total of 243,842 Kentuckians have lost the right to vote.

Schemes from the Boardroom: The War by Arch and Peabody on the Aging, Ill, and Disabled

This report delivers the findings of a hearing in April 2013 hearing with members of the United Mine Workers of America miners, their families and dependents who are threatened with loss of their health care benefits. Present were retirees and family members, clergy, community and health care officials, union leaders, and labor experts to address how St.

ABF Conference: Expanding Broadband Internet: CARN Broadband Policy Recommendations

Report on Central Appalachian Policy Recommendations, referred to in the Expanding Broadband Internet workshop during the Appalachia's Bright Future conference in Harlan, April 2013.

Elements of Strategic Planning for Communities and Organizations

A Microsoft Word document of the Elements of Strategic Planning for Communities and Organizations shared during the Community Planning workshop during Appalachia's Bright Future conference in Harlan County, April 2013.

PDF of ABF conference program

Conference program for the Appalachia's Bright Future conference held in Harlan, KY, April 2013.

Renewable Energy Standards: State Success Stories

Produced by the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition, this report examines the experiences of states with renewable energy standards, policies that require utilities to get an increasing share of their electricity from renewable sources. The report is brief, easy to read, and compelling.

National Rivers and Streams Assessment, 2008-09

A new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gauges the overall health of our rives and streams. It found that 55% of the nation’s river and stream miles do not support healthy populations of aquatic life, with phosphorus and nitrogen pollution and poor habitat the most widespread problems. Conditions are even worse in the southern Appalachian region, with 64% of streams and rivers in poor condition.

Clean Energy Opportunity Act fact sheet

This is our fact sheet for the Clean Energy Opportunity Act for use when lobbying our legislators.

Not-so-smart ALEC: Inside the attacks on renewable energy

This report by Synapse Energy Economics examines factual errors, false assumptions, and distorted economic models used by a right-wing think tank called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to attack renewable energy policies in many states.