An evening of Old Time Music at a stop on the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail

I grew up very near the Carter Family Fold, at least by the way the crow flies. Because the road from where I grew up in Bristol to Hiltons is indeed crooked—and one of the most scenic drives you’ll encounter in the mountains—it takes a good forty-five minutes to drive there from my hometown.

However, when […]

By |March 17th, 2017|appalachia|0 Comments

Leadership Development Key to Leading Central Appalachia through Economic Transition

It’s a Friday night but the work day hasn’t ended for a group of folks representing nonprofits and small businesses in Central Appalachia. They gather at one of Kentucky’s state parks with a shared vision—to become effective leaders working across sectors toward a bright future in the region.

In this time of economic transition, Fahe strives […]

By |March 9th, 2017|appalachia|0 Comments

Appalachian Travel Guide – Berea Music Series

In the latest installment of the Appalachian Travel Guide we turn to Fahe’s backyard of Berea, KY.  As always, if you’re interested in contributing, leave a comment below or contact Aaron Phelps at aphelps@fahe.org.

How do you make small-town life appealing to a variety of people across different generations?  That was the question on the […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|appalachia|0 Comments

The Internet of Things

The following is a guest contribution from Sandi Curd who works for Fahe Member Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.  Sandi serves as the Kentucky Promise Zone Coordinator for southeastern Kentucky which is the first rural area in the nation to receive a Promise Zone Designation.

This marks Sandi’s second contribution to our blog.  Sandi’s article expresses her […]

By |January 19th, 2017|appalachia|0 Comments

Fahe’s Appalachian Travel Guide hits the Grand Ole Opry

When I was in high school, I lived under an hour from Nashville. I visited pretty often back then (it was the 90s). Downtown wasn’t a place you’d want to linger in after dark, and it may (or may not) be true that I saw Garth Brooks in concert at the Opry.

Fast forward 20 years […]

By |January 12th, 2017|appalachia|0 Comments

Ways to Help Victims of the Tennessee Wildfires

There has been an outpouring of concern for the victims of the recent Tennessee fires that destroyed a large portion of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevier County and displaced more than 14,000 residents.

Officials are asking that people wishing to help not travel to the area but instead send assistance.  There are numerous organizations working to […]

By |December 7th, 2016|appalachia|0 Comments

A Zip and a Promise

The following is a guest contribution from Sandi Curd who works for Fahe Member Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.  Sandi serves as the Kentucky Promise Zone Coordinator for southeastern Kentucky which is the first rural area in the nation to receive a Promise Zone Designation.

Sandi’s contribution is part of our Appalachian Travel Guide, a series dedicated […]

By |December 1st, 2016|appalachia|0 Comments

Fahe Open House

In 2014, Fahe has reached two significant milestones. The first was meeting and beating our production challenge set in 2005. We set out to produce 8,000 units of housing a year across the network by 2015 and through the dedication of our members we instead accomplished 8,725 in 2014, both exceeding the original goal in […]

By |October 28th, 2014|appalachia, Fahe|0 Comments

The Central Collective

Fahe’s Community Lending Fund (CLF) offers loans to our members and other organizations to initiate and complete real estate development projects that will have a positive impact on the community. Common uses for these loans include construction financing, land acquisition, equipment purchase, and other operating expenses.

I had the pleasure of joining David Howard, our VP […]

By |October 23rd, 2014|appalachia|0 Comments

New Executive Director of SOAR Announced

Jared Arnett, the CEO of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, has been named the executive director of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative.  Arnett will take the new role beginning November 1st.

Arnett’s responsibilities will include the achievement of the organization’s strategic, operational, and financial goals as well as developing and implementing the SOAR […]

By |October 7th, 2014|appalachia|0 Comments