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Regional economic development panel among ideas floated to attract more business to E. Ky.

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, July 4, 2014 9:01 AM EDT

Officials in eastern Kentucky are discussing ideas, such as forming a regional economic development organization, to attract more business to Appalachia.

The Appalachian News Express reports the ideas were floated at a recent forum in Pikeville focused on bringing new business and industry to the area and expanding what's already there. The forum was part of an initiative called Shaping Our Appalachian Region that seeks to improve the economy and quality of life.

Denise Thomas with Big Sandy Area Development District said issues such as a lack of cooperation between officials have hindered efforts to attract more businesses. She recommended better cooperation as well as an analysis to determine skills of the local workforce.

Another idea was to assess the region's infrastructure needs with an eye toward commercial development.

Information from: Appalachian News-Express,


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