National research institutes and writers have utilized ACEnet as a model for numerous case studies, articles and books on topics of regional branding and community-based economic development.

Many Publications and case studies featuring ACEnet can be accessed online:


Accessing Markets & Fortifying Entrepreneurship: Sectoral Approaches to Microenterprise Development

Marva Williams, Woodstock Institute 2000


Building Sustainability by Increasing Earned Revenue:

Field Forum October 2008


Using a Brands Strategy for Scaling Business Development Services: A Case Study of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks

August 2011, conducted by the ASPEN institute


25% Shift

Leslie Schaller, Director of Programs at ACEnet reflects on opportunities and challenges for a 25% Shift in food localization for Northeast Ohio.


Branding Study for Appalachian Local Food Economies:

January 2013 by the Central Appalachian Network