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About Us

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Invest Appalachia (IA) is a collaborative impact investment platform created by and for the people of Central Appalachia.

We operate across the Appalachian counties of Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and Tennessee with the aim of making our region's collective potential greater than the sum of its parts.

We are a regionally representative fund that leverages deep relationships and investments from our partners in philanthropy community finance, and community economic development.

Central Appalachia has a long history of chronic underinvestment. Invest Appalachia emerged from a conversation about what it will take to change this narrative – building on existing capacity, filling critical capital gaps, and increasing coordination across the region’s investment ecosystem.

Our investment strategy, pipeline, impact goals, and governance are guided and grounded by place-based community stakeholders. And we are committed to outcomes and processes that embody our values: Participatory, Accessible, Transparent & Democratic, Equitable, Self-Reliant.

Who We Are

Invest Appalachia is governed by a regionally-representative board of directors and managed by staff located in Appalachia. Our Community Advisory Council ensures our accountability to regional communities. 

Our Impact

By forging partnerships, pooling resources, and pioneering new capital tools, we ensure that each community in Central Appalachia is equipped with the investment necessary to thrive now and in the years to come.

How We Work

IA is a blended capital impact investing fund serving the entire Central Appalachian region. We leverage the collective strength of the region’s community investment system, creating new financial products, programs, and collaborations that address community priorities.  

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