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.