Over 4,000 eastern Kentucky miners have lost their jobs since 2011, and many fear these coal jobs aren’t coming back. Now folks in the coalfields are asking the question, what comes next? Scholars at Appalachian State University think there are lessons to be learned from South Wales, a major coal producing region which faced a similar decline a quarter century ago. They and their counterparts from Wales will be sharing experiences at a conference, Appalachia’s Bright Future, in Harlan April 19-21. WMMT’s Sylvia Ryerson has this report.
April 16, 2013