About the collaborative

What's Next EKY?! is a network of communities and resource providers working together to foster a thriving Appalachian Kentucky.




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Our goals


Building relationships and connecting communities to support a thriving Appalachian Kentucky.


To create a network of communities and resource providers that can work together to foster thriving rural communities in Appalachian Kentucky and create a greater impact on the economic development of our region. By sharing ideas, encouraging mutual learning, collaborating on regional projects and initiatives, and bringing greater resources to our communities, we will establish a stronger and more diverse economy in these mountains we call home.

Our values

  • Communities lead when determining what works best for their particular place

  • Inclusion

  • Mutual respect

  • Accountability

  • Equity

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