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Dayna Reggero

Dayna Reggero was the Communications Principal for the launch of Accelerating Appalachia. She has been interviewed by CNN, appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX networks around the nation and coordinated with Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery and the Food Network for features. She produced a Sustainable Food Tour and traveled from the top of California more »

BALLE Video features Accelerating Appalachia

Accelerating Appalachia is honored to be featured in a new organizational trailer by the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE): This video includes Accelerating Appalachia founder and BALLE Fellow, Sara Day Evans, with Kimberly Hunter, Jennifer Flynn and Dayna Reggero, as well as the beautiful city of Asheville, our partner Warren Wilson College and more »

Neighborhood Economics

We will be in Louisville, Kentucky November 12-13. Accelerating Appalachia founder Sara Day Evans will be speaking alongside international thought leaders and local change makers at Neighborhood Economics: We are coming together from a wide variety of sectors to look at economic development within a relational, community oriented perspective. Our goal is to change the more »

Climate Listening Project

We’re excited to be featured in a new Climate Listening Project for our work accelerating sustainable businesses in Western North Carolina, along with Riverbend Malt House and Echoview Farm, two great businesses that participated in our inaugural program, as well as Accelerating Appalachia’s sustainable business class at Warren Wilson College. Also featured are NOAA’s National more »

Accelerating Agriculture with Hemp

Accelerating Appalachia is excited about making real connections throughout Appalachia. Smiling Hara Tempeh, LLC in North Carolina is campaigning to create the first-ever Hempeh, soy-free tempeh, with hemp from Kentucky’s Growing Warriors. From the Smiling Hara kickstarter campaign: Sarah Yancey and Chad Oliphant started Smiling Hara (which translates to “happy belly”) in 2009 with the more »

Accelerating Appalachia Chosen for BALLE’s Local Economy Fellowship

National Business Alliance Names Third Cohort of Localists Leading the New Economy Accelerating Appalachia Chosen for BALLE’s Local Economy Fellowship BALLE (the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) today announced its third cohort of BALLE Local Economy Fellows – 17 leaders from across North America chosen as the top pioneers of the Local Economy Movement. more »

The Nature of Investing at #SOCAP14

At SOCAP 14 in San Francisco, 2500 entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and community leaders from across the globe are coming together to discuss breaking new ground in social impact and Igniting Vibrant Communities. Check out our video interview with SOCAP co-founder and executive producer, Rosa Lee Harden. The Nature of Investing discussion was led by Katherine more »

Igniting Vibrant Communities: Conversation with SOCAP

This week, September 2-5, is the 7th annual flagship SOCAP conference. SOCAP14 will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes. Rosa Lee Harden, co-founder and executive producer of SOCAP: Social Capital Markets, talked with Dayna Reggero of Accelerating Appalachia over the winter about bringing more »

Slow Money Event in Asheville

Accelerating Appalachia co-hosted Slow Money NC: Financing our Foodshed meeting on Sunday, Aug. 24. “Asheville really stands out in the area of entrepreneurship,” says Hewitt, who cited both the quantity of entrepreneurs in the area and the community’s general support for entrepreneurship as major contributors to Asheville’s food industry excellence. “Co-hosting the event was Accelerating more »