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Agency Study Stresses Return On Appalachian Investments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The federal agency serving the 13
Appalachian states is boasting of healthy returns on its investment
in the region.
The Appalachian Regional Commission says every dollar spent on a
selected batch of improvement projects expanded personal incomes by
more than $9, while attracting $75 in private investment.
Kentucky is one of the states included in the commission's area.
The figures come from a study released today as the commission
holds its fall conference in Charleston, West Virginia.
West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin is the commission's state
co-chairman, and he touted the study's main findings.
Some of the projects cited in the study improved Internet
access.
But conference attendees also learned that the region needs an
estimated 40 billion dollars to meet the water and sewer needs of
all its residents.
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On the Net:
Appalachian Regional Commission: http://www.arc.gov

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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