This article reflects on collaborative and action research projects for economic transition in central Appalachia catalyzed by the Alliance for Appalachia, a coalition of fifteen grassroots organizations. In 2012, the Alliance formed an Economic Transition team to nurture horizontal support and knowledge- sharing networks among local economic transition projects across the region and to build vertical communication structures with the state, regional, and national entities that control the flow of economic development monies and expertise. The authors of this article are members of the Alliance's Economic Transition team.

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