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The following paper by Feng Hao won the $500 "Best Paper" prize at the 2011 Appalachian Research Community Symposium.

Taking place on the same energy intense day at the Cats played the Final Four, the second annual Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase was held on April 2, 2011.

 Across the nation, communities are adopting new strategies for economic development that focus on the resources in their own backyards.  They are trying to build economic prosperity by developing an entrepreneurial culture that can create local businesses and industries that keep money circulation locally- a culture that will provide opportunities for young people and that will honor the community’s heritage.  

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Consider how many e-mails arrive in your inbox everyday that have some sort of quote or slogan at the bottom.  One of my personal favorites is the old saw from Margaret Mead—“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”