EEGLP 2016
Lafayette College's Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project (EEGLP) — a multidisciplinary faculty/student team who work hand-in-hand with community residents to tackle economic issues — has been working with the arts and culture center Appalshop to help build a new economy for central Appalachia.

Evidence of their success creating a post-coal economy was recently celebrated as Appalshop and partners launched a worker-owned, for-profit marketing and media company Mountain Tech Media (MTM). Next up is collaboration between Appalshop’s youth-based Appalachian Media Institute and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College to launch a certification program in computer programming and web design to train young people for the next generation of careers.

In July 2016, teams from eight universities from across the country came to Appalshop for a workshop, co-led by the national higher ed consortium Imagining America, on how to use this successful arts and culture-based pilot program to begin creating an inclusive economic development plan for their own unique communities.

Photography by Clay Wegrzynowicz '18
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