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Rural Blog: Appalachian Regional Commission grants $22.8 million to diversify coal country

The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced $22.8 million in grants meant to help the economies of 33 Appalachian communities in nine states hurt by the coal industry’s decline. The awards come from the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative; here’s a list of the biggest awards: Regional workforce council West Alabama Works in Tuscaloosa,...

Ivanka Trump to join Gov. Bevin in tour of Kentucky’s mountain region Friday, to explore workforce issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Ivanka Trump is scheduled to tour Kentucky’s mountain region on Friday, visiting three bright spots in a region that long has been caught in the grip of economic woe.

 Gov. Matt Bevin will accompany the president’s daughter for stops in Paintsville, Prestonsburg, and Morehead.

 They will also participate in a roundtable discussion with state and local officials,...

Rural Blog: Silas House offers passionate retort to NY Times story on Eastern Kentucky

Silas House, author and National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, responded to The New York Times article What’s The Matter With Eastern Kentucky? in which Annie Lowery, referring to growing inequality, wrote, “What has happened in the smudge of the country between New Orleans and Pittsburgh — the Deep South and Appalachia — is in many ways as...