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Opinion: Put Unemployed Miners and Drillers Back to Work in Restoration
“Economic development focusing on restoring the land once miners leave is a natural fit for beleaguered towns suffering the latest bust. Plus, by patching up the torn landscape these communities will help clear the path for other types of economic development, such as tourism or recreation.”
Post-coal education initiative offers Navajo workers a transition
A small program through Coconino Community College in Page, Ariz., suggests a model that can expand the skills of a workforce that for years has supported the soon-to-be defunct Navajo Generating Station.
A private-sector push for high-tech jobs in Kentucky
A Louisville tech startup called Interapt has attracted hundreds of applicants for training and jobs designing web and cellphone apps. The opportunity, part of a private sector push to bring Silicon Valley employment “inland,” has drawn interest from coalfield-region residents who seek a future beyond mining. “Why outsource coding jobs to Bangalore when we can insource jobs to eastern Kentucky, poor in jobs but rich in work ethic, and every one I.T. job brings four or five other jobs with it?” asks the founder of the company.