NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.
The Appalachian Prosperity Project is a collaborative partnership that uses a systems approach to simultaneously advance the inextricably linked fields of education, health, and prosperity. Examples of programs include bringing world-class executive education to Coalfield business leaders, piloting an innovative early language literacy intervention, and providing a bridge for engineering education. The LENOWISCO and Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commissions (PDCs) are members of this unique and powerful partnership that convenes public, private, and government agencies.” As a result of this collaboration, the executive directors of the LENOWISCO and Cumberland Plateau PDCs were invited to join the faculty of the University of Virginia College at Wise to coordinate with the Healthy Appalachia Initiative, and have also worked closely with the Virginia Coalfield Coalition.
Glen “Skip ” Skinner, Executive Director: [email protected]