The Centralia Model for Economic Transition in Distressed Communities


A new report from the Ohio River Valley Institute illustrates the real-life case of Centralia, Washington, a chronically distressed coal town that recently lost its coal mine and is now losing its coal-fired power plant. Yet, just five years after negotiating and implementing a $55 million economic and clean energy transition fund, the local economy, jobs and population are booming.

To learn more about the Centralia Model for Economic Transition and how it can be replicated in other small, rural communities in need of affordable, sustainable, and effective economic development strategies, visit


Ben Hunkler

Ben comes to ORVI from community advocacy work in the Ohio River Valley. He offers communications and design support for report releases, social media content, and the ORVI Insider.