Central Appalachia



A region of spirit, perseverance, hard work, tenacity, ingenuity, and dedication.

Eastern Kentucky has experienced crippling economic decline due to the decline of coal. The unemployment rate is nearly double the national average. The Eastern Kentucky workforce is rooted in Faith & Grit and it will persevere.


This project will capitalize on increasing demand for US-grown produce, technical innovation, the opportunity to recapture market share from beyond our borders, and an available workforce. This is an exciting opportunity that could change the economic trajectory of the entire region for decades to come.

–Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner

We are planting seeds of innovation and hope in Eastern Kentucky with home-grown engineers, like AppHarvest, leading the way as we strive to bring Silicon Valley to Silicon Holler. We are developing a high-tech workforce for high-tech enterprise in the Appalachian region to elevate our competitive edge for jobs and economic development. The resiliency and sheer talent of our people are the very reasons why we are able to diversify our economy and advance incredible ideas, like these high-tech greenhouses, in one of the most rural parts of the country.

–Congressman Hal Rogers

Eastern Kentucky is continually seeking ways to diversify and attract much-needed jobs to our region,” he said. “Many of our people lost their jobs because of the decline in the coal industry. Our region stands ready with a willing and skilled workforce to meet this company’s needs. We are pleased that AppHarvest is locating in our region and look forward to their success, along with the economic boost they will bring to Eastern Kentucky.

–Sen. Ray Jones of Pikeville, KY

I am thrilled to welcome AppHarvest to Pikeville. Eastern Kentucky is home to a dedicated and reliable workforce. We continue to work diligently in diversifying our economy, and AppHarvest is a welcome addition to our business community.

–Rep. John Blanton of Salyersville

Central Appalachia