Forums aim to develop ideas for revitalizing southwest Virginia’s economy

Forums aim to develop ideas for revitalizing southwest Virginia’s economy


SHAPING A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA … THAT’S THE GOAL OF A SERIES OF FORUMS THAT WRAPPED UP TONIGHT. (MAP) ORGANIZERS OF THE ‘SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA’S NEW ECONOMY’ INITIATIVE MET WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS TONIGHT IN TAZEWELL AND PENNINGTON GAP, HOPING TO DEVELOP IDEAS ON HOW TO IMPROVE THE REGION’S ECONOMY IN THE WAKE OF HISTORIC LOSSES IN THE COAL INDUSTRY … I STOPPED BY THE GATHERING IN PENNINGTON GAP, WHERE FOLKS TALKED ABOUT HOW KENTUCKY IS A GOOD EXAMPLY OF THE KIND OF CHANGES THEY’D LIKE TO IMPLEMENT. (SERVER PKG) 00 13 44 They’re here to help their region … People from across southwest Virginia gathered Tuesday night at the Pennington Gap Community Center to brainstorm ways to diversify the area’s economy. (SOT) 49:19 WE KNOW THERE’S A LOT OF GREAT WORK BY GOVERNMENT PLANNING AGENCIES, A LOT OF GOOD WORK HAPPENING BY CITY COUNCILS AND COUNTY BOARDS…WHAT WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE IS REGULAR PEOPLE HAVE A CHANCE TO VOICE THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS FOR WHAT THE ECONOMY LOOKS LIKE IN 10 YEARS :13 An economy that could benefit from coal’s rich history even though the industry is suffering.. Jason Sturgill is a financial adviser who lives in Pennington Gap, and says he’s hopeful solutions to Southwest Virginia’s economic woes will be found. (SOT) 54:14 SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HAS SO MUCH MORE TO OFFER THAN JUST COAL … I THINK NOW’S THE TIME FOR US TO LOOK AT THOSE OTHER OPTIONS AND FIGURE OUT WHAT’S BEST FOR THE CITIZENS OF UWEST VIRGINIA AND GET OUR AREA MOVING FORWARD :12 (SOT) standup 13:03 ORGANIZERS SAY THEY’VE HEARD MANY GOOD IDEAS DURING THESE MEETINGS AND HOPE TO HAVE CH SUCCESS PUTTING THEM TACTION AS THE SOAR INITIATIVE INENTUCKY1 O 52:43 ‘VE HAD A MIX OF ELECTED OFFICIALS D REGULAR FOLKS AND I THINK SEVERAL OF THEM HAVE MENTIONED THE SOAR INITIATIVE AND SHING WE WERE AS FAR ALGN R PROCESS AS KENTUCKY SEEMS T :08 As efforts continue to help the region transitiosmoothly in a me of economic unceainty. SHOT MOUNTIAN ST) TONIGHT’S FORUMS WERE THE FINAL OF EIGHT HELD OVER THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS …

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