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WVU Will Study Effectivness of Appalachian Programs

Cecelia Mason
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Appalachian Regional Commission turns 50 this year and has awarded a grant to West Virginia University and two other agencies to analyze whether it’s been successful.

The $300,000 grant will allow the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research and Regional Research Institute to work with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness based in Arlington, Va., to identify what economic development strategies have worked.

A WVU news release says the project will analyze the impact several ARC programs have had on the economy in Appalachia and will examine socioeconomic trends in the region.

John Deskins, director of the Bureau, says the research will identify which economic strategies are most effective, and which will help ARC and other agencies design future programs.

The researchers involved point out the results of the survey will be useful not only in Appalachia, but in other regions of the country.

The results of the study are expected to be released in the fall.

Cecelia Mason is West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Eastern Panhandle Bureau Chief. Cecelia has worked in the Shepherd University bureau since December 1990 covering a variety of stories throughout the Eastern Panhandle and in Washington D.C. She can also be heard hosting Inside Appalachia.

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