Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) http://www.maced.org/ Berea, KY Act Local First, Shift Capital | Advocacy, Community Capital, Community Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, Rural Community Development, Technical Assistance The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) partners with local people to create economic alternatives and strive to make Appalachian communities better places to live. Since 1976, MACED’s commitment to the communities of Central Appalachia has shown us that high expectations, vision and hard work are essential to accomplish results. Three core strategies help us work toward our goal of transforming the lives of people and places in need in Central Appalachia through sustainable development: • Community Investment — Investing capital and capacity-building technical assistance in people and enterprises to create economic opportunities, protect natural and cultural assets and provide critical services. • Demonstration Initiatives — Developing new approaches to old problems and testing them out on the ground. • Research and Communications for Policy Change — Conducting research around policy opportunities and barriers that results in better development practice and opportunities for people who need them.