Exploring the Suitability of Crowdfunding for Rural Appalachian Communities
This year’s 2014 ATP class will assist local residents in achieving the goal of promoting the skills of 3D printing for advanced manufacturing and services in rural areas, while testing the applicability of an emerging trend, crowdfunding, for smaller Appalachian communities like Ducktown, Tennessee, population 427, located in the Copper Basin in Southeast Tennessee. Students will help the Cooper Basin Rural Community Association develop and implement a civic crowdfunding program to purchase a 3D printer and supplies for the Copper Basin Learning Center. Students will help promote the crowdfunding campaign through social media and traditional media outlets.
Tim Ezzell, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
University of Tennessee
UT Conference Center, Suite 311
Knoxville, TN 37996-4134
Telephone: (865) 974-9036
Alfred State College