Connect Capital: Central Appalachia

The Appalachia team covered a large geographic region that included the counties within Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia that are known as Central Appalachia. The team’s central achievement was the creation of a new investment fund, Invest Appalachia, which has a goal of raising $57 million to support the long-term regional economic transition from a coal-based economy. The team structured a new organization, recruited a governing board, hired an executive director, and secured a $2.5 million grant for initial capital and operating funds. They also supported increased collaboration among community investment stakeholders in the region, which has already helped seed technical assistance and local development initiatives. 

Transforming investment in communities

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CCI is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The California Endowment.

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