The Ford Foundation is providing funding to RTS to establish a learning and innovation network of community colleges in central Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta that will work together to support sustainable economies and balance economic, social, and environmental outcomes. The project is part of Ford’s Building Rural Wealth initiative, in which RTS looked at how cluster-based economic development strategies can incorporate triple bottom line initiatives. The network of community colleges will meet regularly to share innovative ideas with RTS providing technical assistance to help develop successful programs.