The Center for Economic Options (CEO) is a community development organization in West Virginia that works with entrepreneurs and innovators who share a commitment to development that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable*. We also work to make sure that people understand why local, sustainable businesses matter.
CEO has a long history of supporting people's initiatives to create sustainable jobs for themselves and others and contribute to their local economies, the environment, and community wealth through business ownership.
*Sustainable - meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The Center for Economic Options has been actively engaged in developing a wealth creation framework in Central Appalachia with resource partners from across the U.S. You can visit Wealthworks for details about this innovative approach. Above are Pam Curry, Marilyn Wrenn and Cindy Manning of CEO along with Thomas Watson of Rural Support Partners and Bekki Leigh of the WV Department of Education.
The Rural - Urban Continuum in Appalachia: Promoting Sustainable Development through Increased Connectivity to Markets
As a founding member of the Central Appalachian Network (CAN), the Center for Economic Options worked with our CAN team and helped create a strategic think tank: The Rural<->Urban Continuum in Appalachia - Promoting Sustainable Development through Increased Connectivity. Held at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia in August, 2013, the event brought together colleagues from a variety of industry sectors and fields. The primary purpose of this convening was to explore connections between urban demand centers and promising rural-based economic sectors, in order to identify opportunities to expand market access for rural enterprises. This convening is now serving as the foundation for the continued growth of promising economic sectors such as food, energy and health, among others. By building market access and rural-urban connectivity within and around Central Appalachia, we envision accelerating the region’s transition to a more just and sustainable economy.
Going green isn't all or nothing. A business - and we mean any business -- can work on becoming "green" or more sustainable over time. For this reason, we have developed Shades of Green to help businesses along the path to sustainability. Check out CEO's Shades of Green Self-Certification Survey and Green Business Directory to let your customers know about steps you are taking to be more sustainable. And if supporting green business is important to you, use the directory to find businesses that have made a commitment to a triple bottom line.
The Triple Bottom Line Tool helps optimize investments for economic, environmental, and social impact – what's referred to as the triple bottom line or TBL. Investors, economic development professionals, and decision-makers can use the TBL Tool to:
Design economic development investments for maximum returns.
Consider an economic development investment's impact on various factors.
Compare or communicate impacts of investment.
Appalachia Transition Video
Appalachian Transition explores the emergent work by non-profit organizations and funders to advance a just and sustainable economic transition in the Central Appalachian region.(MORE)
This video, produced by our colleagues WVFFC and the Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia, does a great job helping to make the case for the economic potential of local food.