Appalachian Center for Economic Networks

This organization, founded in 1985, has followed a local development strategy that includes owning and operating a community kitchen business incubator to support local food production and marketing, a community technology center subsidiary that acts as a business incubator and provides local business with high speed data services, and a community development loan and near equity venture fund. The group has also been a leading advocate of state support for community wealth-building efforts.

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