Group Wants Energy To Lead The Way For Improving Economy

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The new administration is making improving the economy a top priority.

The southern states policy board wants energy to lead the way.

They gathered ideas from eastern Kentuckians during a town hall forum in Pike County Tuesday.

Southern Growth Policy Board Members from 13 states see how coal and gas fuels the economy in Eastern Kentucky and believe it can improve the economy in the entire southeast.

They are collecting ideas from Eastern Kentuckians.

“Eastern Kentucky has long been a hub for energy and I think that now we have a chance to really branch out and find alternatives so this a real chance for us to grow the overall economy,” Johnathan Gay said.

They are looking at ways to use the resources to create more companies to develop new products to sell, and that can create more jobs.

Union leader Jamie Rucker says it will spread to other non-energy related industries that can build materials for the companies to use. Leaders say the new jobs will then grow healthcare and education fields.

The Board is putting together all the ideas from each state’s forums, and creating plans to make these ideas a reality in each southeastern state.

The Governors and businessmen will review all the ideas and implement the plans during a conference later this year.

Another forum is scheduled for Wednesday in Morehead and another next week in London at the Kentucky Highlands Investment Office.


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  • by Kathy on Jan 22, 2009 at 04:25 AM
    Florida did vote for the man but I think that was all.I hope they get help considering the unemployment down there under this Bush spell is about 9%.
  • by William Location: seky on Jan 21, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowest-income_counties_in_the_United_States We dont need everything in Pike Co Clay Knox and Bell Harlan Whitley co And as far as Barack Obama he has not been given a deed to the American people, he was elected and can be voted out, so if his leadership ignores the needs of the people Of Kentucky even if they did not vote for him dont make a differance If he ignores the needs of Kentucky poverty he will be a one term president and out, So he better get on the appalachain soul Train I mean coal train and get something done http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdLRCSOZ7wo
  • by CRYSTAL Location: KNOTT CO. on Jan 21, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    John and Heather very good post....rightly said....these sorry hypocrits think they see a way to get their pockets full.....they never was for Obama in the first place....now they come around with their tail between their legs asking for help......shame on the sorry thinks.....I hope they have to beg.
  • by John on Jan 21, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    It's not going to happen, I can't re-call anyone in the south supporting him so why should he support this?????????????
  • by Heather Location: ky on Jan 21, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    Lets keep in mind that the entire south voted against Obama and now they beg for his support--what a bunch of hypocrits.
  • by Barbara Noble on Jan 21, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    I think since the tops of our mountains have been removed that solar & wind energy stations should be built there!
  • by Wilson on Jan 21, 2009 at 04:43 AM
    This can only happen if clean coal technology becomes a reality othwerwise Obama will put the barakes on such a project and rightfully so.

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