Hello Martha and Angi! Thanks so much for reaching out. From your post I can absolutely see the similarities that our regions share, especially around poverty. In our region, we see our environment as a huge strength and source to promote regeneration. Promoting "nature-based" businesses, especially those led by women and POC, is the crux of our work. We see these populations showing up time and again in the face of regional economic demise, and believe in the power to invest in them to restore our community. I would love to connect to hear more about the participatory decision-making process NEKO is undergoing and share some of what we've seen work here in Appalachia.