As the nation grapples with climate change, the need for a fair transition for workers and communities that have depended upon coal jobs and revenue has also gained traction. Even in West Virginia such discussions are starting to get attention despite strong political support for the coal industry. Ohio Valley ReSource reporter Brittany Patterson covers […]
What Does Kentucky Value?
Most folks working to revive our region’s economy agree that it is increasingly difficult to do if the state of Kentucky is not providing the basic investments we need in education, health, human services and infrastructure. So in this episode we are doing a deep dive into Kentucky’s budget and revenue options as the governor […]
Portal 31 Opens Economic Prospects
A former Harlan County, KY, coal mine that had produced more than 120 million tons of coal before closing in 1962 was reopened several years ago and now serves as a heritage tourism site drawing over 5,000 visitors a year, according to this report from the Ohio Valley ReSource. In 2018, the attraction was awarded […]
High Hopes for Hemp Cooperatives
Could hemp become a crop that can keep small farms in business? Many Ohio Valley farmers believe so but worry that the sort of corporate consolidation they’ve seen in other agriculture sectors will soon come to the new hemp industry. To address this fear and keep their operations viable, many of the region’s hemp growers […]