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As a native of Ohio, I was happy to come across this story about the growing number of entrepreneurs jump-starting businesses in Appalachia. Many communities in this region lie along blighted industrial corridors devastated by plant closures. Lay-offs in the automotive and food-processing industries have contributed to the region's dismal unemployment rate.
A large push to bring entrepreneurs and an infusion of investment dollars to the region appears to be paying off in the immediate term, as increasing numbers of high tech and alternative energy start-ups spring up. What's also encouraging to see is the rise of technical schools and incubation centers throughout the area, which support the evolving needs of a skilled workforce and research institutions generating new technologies that can spur business growth.
It will be interesting to see how many jobs are created for skilled laborers, over time, through these new ventures. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and routing for Appalachia's future!