MACED works so that Appalachian communities are better places to live. We partner with local people to build upon the strengths of the region and assist businesses that grow local economies and create opportunities for low-income people. MACED invests with capital and commitment. We understand that a vibrant economy is critical, but is only one measure of a communityÕs well being. Protected natural resources and engaged residents are also necessary to create a high quality of life. Local people and decision-makers must believe that a better future is possible and see concrete ways to get there.