This week’s show features Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson, as he makes his first visit to eTown. Patrick grew up in Montreal and has some of the art-music sensibilities that remind us of Rufus Wainwright or Gregory Alan Isakov. Also joining us is another Canadian singer-songwriter and eTown veteran, Basia Bulat. This is her second eTown, and she’ll be sharing songs from her upcoming album that’s produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. We’ll also have an inspiring conversation with an eChievement Award winner who is helping unemployed coal miners in West Virginia find meaningful work and income so they can support their families. Watch videos from this show and others at: eTown
Recognizing the Dignity of Work in the Appalachian Region ft. Brandon Dennison
The Signs of the Times Podcast
Listening to those closest to both the challenges and the beauty of the Appalachian region is critical to the success of a more diversified and stable local economy. Brandon Dennison, CEO and Founder of Coalfield Development, understands this better than most. Born and raised in Southern West Virginia coal country he founded Coalfield Development to be a non-profit that incubates social enterprises like a sustainable construction company, a furniture shop that uses reclaimed wood, a solar installation company, a sustainable agriculture company, and a sustainable clothing company. Using these innovative businesses Coalfield Development is able to put unemployed people back to work. Coalfield Development is creating jobs for people that are more than just a job but rather a career, a vocation, an identity, and an opportunity to expand what work has perhaps meant to them.
Coalfield Development Corporation's key since inception has been to rebuild the Appalachian economy from the ground up. Brandon Dennison grew up in these hills, and despite normal childhood thoughts of leaving, he decided to stay and build his dream of showing the world the creativity that Appalachians have by retraining the workforce. Learn more about the show at appalchianstartup.com.