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Another Look at Economic Development: Inside Appalachia

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Student with the Green Mining project in 2017.

Since the War on Poverty in the 1960s, federal funds to help revitalize coal country have poured in from Washington, D.C. And in recent years, a new federal push has brought millions of dollars worth of funding to projects that are intended to create jobs and retrain people in coal country for work in other fields. There are also a number of state initiatives to help generate job growth. But have these projects worketd?

In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll take a look back at an episode that aired earlier this year. It told the story of several programs that received federal funding to try to jump-start economic development in Appalachia through agriculture. We'll learm about an effort to grow lavender on a former strip mine, the challenges farmers face in West Virginia and the work of the West Virginia Community Development Hub nonprofit.

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Music in this show was provided by  Dinosaur Burps, Dog and Gun, Strictly Clean and Decent. and Ben Townsend.

Inside Appalachia is produced by Roxy ToddJesse Wright is our executive producer. Glynis Board and Molly Born edited our show this week. Our audio mixer is Patrick Stephens. We’d love to hear from you. Send us a tweet @InAppalachia.   



Jessica can be heard on Inside Appalachia and West Virginia Morning the station’s daily radio news program. You can reach her at jlilly@wvpublic.org
Roxy Todd is a reporter and producer for Inside Appalachia and has been a reporter for West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 2014. She’s won several awards, including a regional AP Award for best feature radio story, and also two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. You can reach her at rtodd@wvpublic.org.