New Study Show Economic Growth Factors Across Appalachia

The Appalachian Regional Commission released a new study, Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia, identifying factors common across communities experiencing persistent economic growth in the aftermath of the 2008 Recession and other economic disruptions. The research includes a key factors to economic resilience, as well as features ten communities that have rebounded from significant economic shocks. ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas said communities which are thoughtfully investing in community infrastructure, capitalizing on cross-collaboration, and cultivating entrepreneurship are driving the Region’s economic future. Key strategies include investing in education, technology, infrastructure and broadband; engaging the community long-term, moving multiple sectors forward; and cultivating entrepreneurs.

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