Williamson, WV - J. Eric Mathis has been at the forefront of initiatives to bridge the gap between the fossil fuel and renewable energy industries through the development and implementation of innovative finance and business models. These models are designed to be beneficial to both industries, creating mutually productive economic linkages between the fossil fuel and renewable industries and most importantly, the surrounding communities. As a board member of the Williamson Redevelopment Authority, Mr. Mathis is helping to develop a comprehensive project entitled Sustainable Williamson which emphasizes healthy lifestyles as a key component to economic revitalization. Moreover, and through the guidance of The Write Choice Network, he presently engages his fellow board members of the Williamson Health and Wellness Center to actively integrate an entrepreneurship program which is designed to encourage the emergence of a rural health enterprise zone. Building from his past and present experiences, his most recent endeavor is participating in the creation and implementation of the Central Appalachian Sustainable Economies network which is an interactive regional network of innovators cultivating new ideas and resources in central Appalachia to grow healthy communities. He is a proud Green for All fellow, a 2010 recipient of Interstate Renewable Energy Council's Innovation Award for community renewables and a 2012 White House Champion of Change for Green our Cities and Towns. Eric graduated from Appalachian State University in 2007 and is presently finishing his master thesis in history.