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Hazard business leaders, citizens talk coal economics with Bevin during town meeting


Gov. Matt Bevin met with local business leaders and members of the Hazard community Friday to discuss recent job loss in the area.

The two-hour event was broadcast live on Perry County’s WYMT Mountain News.

Bevin thanked a packed house at Hazard Community and Technical College, and those watching, for taking time out of their day to participate in the community meeting. He heard from a number of citizens on issues impacting them and their families in the community. The loss of coal jobs was a major theme throughout the meeting.

Gov. Matt Bevin heard from a number of Perry County citizens on issues impacting them and their families in the community. The loss of coal jobs was a major theme throughout the meeting (Photo Provided)

Gov. Matt Bevin heard from a number of Perry County citizens on issues impacting them and their families in the community. The loss of coal jobs was a major theme throughout the meeting (Photo Provided)

“I spent the afternoon with the citizens of Eastern Kentucky, because there is no substitute for personal conversation with those directly affected by Obama’s war on coal,” said Bevin. “I was grateful for the open and honest dialogue and, although people are suffering economically, I was inspired. The strong values, love of community and the intense desire to work hard are impressive. These are the traits that employers are seeking, and I intend to make it easier for them to come and do business in these eastern Kentucky counties.”

Sen. Brandon Smith (R-Hazard) was with Bevin during the meeting.

“I’m honored and pleased that this administration recognizes the plight of my district, and I’m moved that Gov. Bevin is taking the time to come to Hazard and hear from our citizens firsthand what the loss of jobs is doing to our community and our families,” said Smith. “The message today is simple – the hard work and dedication of the men and women who work in Eastern Kentucky coalfields is not lost this administration. I look forward to working with Gov. Bevin and his administration to address the problems facing Eastern Kentucky.”

Charles Snavely, Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, also participated in the meeting, telling the group that he, too, is dedicated to doing what he can to help revitalize the community.

“It’s humbling just how dedicated the people of this area are and how hard they work,” said Snavely. “It’s very sad what’s happened to our industry. Whatever we can do to help – we are going to do.”

From Governor’s Office Communications


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