Although the CEDAR program was originally conceived, initiated, developed and implemented in Pikeville, Kentucky in the winter of 1993, its boundaries has since expanded to the following regions through the assistance and sheparding of the original organization known as CEDAR, Inc., which now includes twelve eastern Kentucky counties. The following three organizations have and continue to offer the original Coal Study Unit and Coal Fair programs developed by CEDAR, Inc.
CEDAR of West Kentucky was formed in 1994 through the initial and primary efforts of Costain Coal and the Western Kentucky Coal Association and operated for ten years before it was halted in 2004. This program restarted for the 2006-2007 school year; and has continued since then.
CEDAR of Southern West Virginia was formed in 2002 through the initial and primary efforts of Arch Coal’s Coal Mac group in Mingo County, WV. It continues to operate in the six southern West Virginia counties of; Mingo, Logan, Boone, McDowell, Wyoming and Wayne.
CEDAR of Virginia was formed in 2005 through the initial and primary efforts of Alpha Natural Resources to provide the CEDAR program in the southwest Virgina coal fields. The program is continuing for the 2016 - 2017 school year and is being offered in the counties of; Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Tazwell and Wise.
It needs to be noted that the North Carolina Coal Institute (NCCI-The Coal Institute) contributed the first $5,000 to each of the four CEDAR organizations and have continued their financial support in each year of each organization’s existence.