What’s working to improve lives and business in eastern Kentucky? Plenty.

We toured 5 places in a day and a half. Covered more than 100 miles in eastern Kentucky. At each of these places, people described the persistent challenges of life and the ways they are trying to surmount them. They know work remains to be done, but many have tasted success.

From startups and small businesses, to arts and cultural programs, to placemaking and affordable housing, community projects in Eastern Kentucky are growing into big successes and making communities more lively and livable.

Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard made a 2-day tour of eastern Kentucky, accompanied by Cleveland Fed researchers and community development practitioners, in order to see firsthand some of the revitalization efforts underway in this economically challenged region.

“On the Ground in Eastern Kentucky” takes you inside the lives of people of Main Street, and gives you an up-close look at the economic and community development issues they face. Does your region face similar issues? Different issues? Do local organizations have work underway to effect positive change?

Explore the story. Then, tell us what you think.