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Conference materials and resources

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Conference packet materials

Information from the workshops and plenaries

Media / ABF conference in the news

Next steps

Videos from the conference

Contact us / Leave a question or comment



Conference packet materials

Conference Program

Just Transition Framework: "Shaping a Just Transition: Toward Appalachia's Bright Future"

"Visions from Black Mountain" booklet

Benham and Lynch, Kentucky, brochure (digital version on KFTC's website)

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Information from the workshops and plenaries

Each of the links below will take you to a page for that particular workshop or plenary session where you will find a Word Cloud, other image(s), presenter contact information, summary notes, audio recording (if available), PowerPoint or written presentations, and other materials (if available):


Friday evening plenary: "After Coal: Welsh and Appalachian Mining Communities"

Saturday opening plenary: Perspectives on a Just Transition

Saturday second plenary: Transition stories

Saturday workshop: Community-based transition efforts

Saturday workshop: Building a local food economy

Saturday workshop: Land and stream reclamation


Media / ABF conference in the news

"Imagining a Post-Coal Appalachia" by Alexa Mills on Co-Lab Radio

"Appalachia's Bright Future Conference Held at Harlan Center" by Joe P. Asher of the Harlan Daily

"KFTC hosts Appalachia's Bright Future Conference in Harlan" by Shane Pippen of The Hazard Herald

"Reflection on Appalachia's Bright Future Conference" by Meta Mendel-Reyes on KFTC's blog

"Appalachia's Bright Future Longtime Coming," a blog by Fr. Patrick Delahanty at the Louisville Courier-Journal

Op-ed, "Building a Path to a Just Transition away from Coal" by Al Smith in the Lexington Herald-Leader

"Kentucky Future," a 10-minute radio piece by Sylvia Ryerson of WMMT, broadcast on "Inside Appalachia" on WV Public Radio

"A Region with More Than Mountaintops" by Willie Davis on The Daily Yonder

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Next steps

Carry this conversation forward and outward!

We can all write letters to the editor about this weekend. We can tweet about what we’ve learned using the hashtags #abfconf and/or #apptransition. We can talk with our county judge-executives and legislators about the opportunities we see for a just transition. We can talk with our family and friends.

LIKE the "New Energy & Transition for Kentucky" Facebook page. 

Use it to share updates, articles and information and communicate with each other. Other good related Facebook pages include Making Connections News, Appalachian Transition Initiative and Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Join a conference call on Thursday, May 30th at 7 pm.

Join us to discuss outcomes and next steps from this weekend. By that time KFTC will have sifted through all the notes and have good summary information to share. We’ll discuss ways to have conversations with our elected officials about these issues. We can also use this call to update each other about other related opportunities and resources. KFTC will send call-in information to everyone who registered this weekend.

Join KFTC if you are not yet a member, and attend a local chapter meeting in May.

At these local meetings in May to reflect on this weekend and discuss ideas for local actions. More information can be found at

May 13
      • Harlan County KFTC chapter meets at 6 pm in the Harlan Library
      • Floyd County KFTC chapter meets at 7 pm at 152 North Lake Drive, Prestonsburg 
May 14
      • Letcher County KFTC chapter meets at 6 pm at Here Comes The Bun Bakery, Main Street, Whitesburg

May 21
      • Perry County KFTC chapter meets at 6 pm at the Vo-Tech Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College in the Owens Building, Room 118 

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Videos from the conference

Videos from Saturday's opening plenary

KFTC chairperson Sue Tallichet's opening statement:

MACED's Justin Maxson's perspetive on a Just Transition:


Other videos from Saturday's opening plenary: Perspectives on a Just Transition


Videos from Saturday's second plenary: Transition Stories

KFTC member Ada Smith introduces the plenary session:

Oysterman and former cod fisherman Brendan Smith on the transition story of Atlantic fisheries and the parallel with coal-producing regions:


Other videos from Saturday's second plenary: Transition Stories


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Contact us / Leave a question or comment

Email KFTC staffperson Lisa Abbott with any questions or feedback on the conference or these pages by clicking here.

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