This research looks in-depth at redevelopment strategies in Elkhorn City, KY. In light of the new Saving Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, and the currently lack of research on Appalachian development, this research is greatly needed. The city is like many communities in Appalachia due to its history with coal and with natural beauty. This community has many strong points, which can be capitalized on when formulating a plan for growth. The data collected for this study originates in the form of interviews and survey data collected from local residents. The data is used to show barriers to growth, and ways to remedy them. The analysis of the data collected will be used to determine an economic growth plan that will appeal to locals and tourists. The research on this project involves heavy emphasis on the Creative Class concept by Richard Florida, and on the prospects of adventure tourism as a strategy for rebuilding Appalachian communities. Strategies for advancing communities are highly effective, and can be important in Appalachian redevelopment plans. The research has helped to proved that the Creative Class theory and the prospect of adventure tourism can help Elkhorn City revitalize itself.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 12-8-2014


Stephanie McSpirit

Mentor Department Affiliation

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Language and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work