Rural Action was founded in 1991 on the principle that locally-based, sustainable, and inclusive development is the main strategy for building resilient rural Appalachian communities. Rural Action’s mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. We do this work by focusing on sectors identified as important by our members: food and agriculture, forestry, zero waste and recycling, environmental education, watershed restoration, and energy. Emerging work in social enterprise development and local tourism are more recent parts of our portfolio. Additionally, Rural Action currently runs and operates the Upcycle Ohio Community Makerspace.
The Community Makerspace is a place where instead of gaining access to treadmills and stationary bikes you’re gaining access to tools and equipment you likely don’t have access to in your home. This includes woodworking tools, welding, and other metalwork tools, sewing machines, looms, and even space to discuss your future business ventures with knowledgeable community members. You can pay monthly, annually, or buy a punch card for inconsistent use.
The Makerspace aims to foster creativity and build entrepreneurial and educational opportunities in the fields of woodworking, metalworking, fiber and fabric arts, and recycled plastic production in Southeast Ohi