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Access to Capital and Credit for Small Businesses in Appalachia
April 2007
National Community Reinvestment Coalition
This April 2007 report provides an assessment of the access to capital and credit for small business in the Appalachian Region.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1.4 MB)
Energizing Appalachia: Global Challenges and the Prospect of a Renewable Future
September 2007
Glasmeier, Amy, Ron Feingold, Amanda Guers, Gillian Hay, Teresa Lawler, Alissa Meyer, Ratchan Sangpenchan, Matthew Stern, Wesley Stroh, Polycarp Tam, Ricardo Torres, Romare Truly, and Amy Welch
Pennsylvania State University Department of Geography
This report investigates the status and behavior of the wind, solar and biomass industries in order to better understand how domestically based manufacturers might best engage this sector.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (3 MB)
Program Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Infrastructure and Public Works Projects
October 2007
BizMiner/Brandow Company, Inc. and Economic Development Research Group, Inc.
During 2006, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) conducted an evaluation of infrastructure and public works projects to determine if projects achieved their original objectives. In addition, as part of the Commission's ongoing performance evaluation
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1.5 MB)
Sources of Regional Growth in Non-Metro Appalachia
January 2007
Economic Development Research Group, Inc., Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., MIT Dept of Urban Studies and Planning
The Sources of Growth project is part of a series of research efforts funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission to improve understanding of factors affecting economic growth in rural and distressed areas.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report (Volumes 1 – 4) in PDF (4 MB)
Standards of Living in Appalachia, 1960 -- 2000
September 2007
Black, Dan A., Mark Mather, and Seth G. Sanders
University of Chicago, Population Reference Bureau, and University of Maryland at College Park
This report uses data from the 1960 to 2000 decennial census to measures the extent to which standards of living among Appalachian families have improved, and to examine housing and consumption trends
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (239 KB)
The Upskilling of Appalachia: Earnings and the Improvement of Skill Levels, 1960 -- 2000
September 2007
Black, Dan A., Kelvin M. Pollard, and Seth G. Sanders
University of Chicago, Population Reference Bureau, and University of Maryland at College Park
This report examines the improvement of Appalachia’s economic fortunes relative to those in rest of the country since 1960—particularly among men and women of prime working age (ages 25 to 64).
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (132 KB)