Appalachian Kentucky has a proud heritage of being a center for craft and folk art as well as coal mining. However, as domestic energy demand has changed over the past decades, the impact has been felt in cities like Hazard, Berea, and Booneville. Owlsey County has been reported to be the most impoverished county in the United States. The industries that once supported people in Appalachian Kentucky are changing, paving the way for innovation that can activate these peoples’ unique skills to enrich their communities and families. Advances have already been made, like the work-study program at Berea College allows regional citizens to get an education. However, more work should be done as we seek to reinvent access to education and advancement in areas impacted by economic change.