Group to present ideas on improving Appalachia


SLADE, Ky. (AP) — A group working to create new economic opportunities for eastern Kentucky will present its findings to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers.

Beshear and Rogers started the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative last year. For months, 10 working groups have met to discuss ideas on how to help the struggling region move on from a coal-based economy. The region has lost 7,000 coal-related jobs since January 2012.

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Some ideas the groups have discussed include expanding agriculture and marketing the region as a tourist destination.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a discussion about long term solutions for the region. The working groups will present their findings to Beshear and Rogers at 1 p.m.


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