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 […]

Rethinking Retraining

In the midst of the Appalachian region’s declining industries, politicians are betting big on job training, with millions directed at those who lost jobs in coal mining and power plants. The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced nearly $5 million for worker training programs in Appalachia. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced more than $2 […]