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Mountain Association for Community Economic Development

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Mountain Association for Community Economic Development

Meaningful work, stronger communities… respected natural resources, higher quality of life… everyday people, extraordinary results.

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Organizational Mission

MACED works with people in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia to create economic opportunity, strengthen democracy and support the sustainable use of natural resources.

Year Founded - 1976

Significant Accomplishments

Since our formation in 1976, we have made hundreds of loans resulting in the creation or maintenance of more than 5,000 jobs in distressed Appalachian Kentucky. We have also made major research contributions to sustainable development issues and have managed a number of innovative demonstration projects.

Specific accomplishment for Fiscal Year 2009:

  • MACED released its reports The Impact of Coal on the Kentucky State Budget and The Economics of Coal in Kentucky: Current Impacts and Future Prospects
  •  Loaned $2.6 million to 51 businesses and delivered almost 2,000 hours of technical assistance, resulting in the creation or retention of 155 jobs.  
  •  Expanded the Forest Opportunities Initiative to enroll 13,788 acres of forestland in eastern Kentucky whose owners are earning carbon offset income through sustainable forest management 


"MACED understands that systemic change in eastern Kentucky requires the government to be an effective partner in the development of the region. State government has the power to create the conditions needed for positive economic development to happen, turn demonstrations and local strategies into scaled programs, and remove barriers to social, economic and environmental progress. MACED seeks to advance a state policy agenda that supports green job creation, poverty alleviation and improved environmental and health conditions through investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy."

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Randy's run Randy's run

Clay County, Kentucky resident Randy Wilson ran for the board of his electric cooperative on a platform of affordable energy, better energy choices, and good local jobs in 2009. Randy was the first person to oppose a sitting Jackson Energy board member since the co-op was founded in 1938. Before running for office, Randy was an active member of the Kentuckians For the Commonwealth’s Canary Leadership Network carrying a message throughout the region about the need to transition away from coal and towards clean energy.


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