‘After Coal: Stories of Survival In Appalachia and Wales’ panel held at WVU law

Monongalia and Preston

The effects of the coal industry and solutions to future economic growth dominated the discussion at a panel held by WVU Law.

After Coal: Stories of Survival In Appalachia and Wales” examined the influence of the coal industry in the mountain region, and how communities have been effected.

The author of the book with the same title said he found there is not one solution that fits all, but a need for discussion.

“After coal, what comes next? You know, how do we create economies that lots of people can participate in? That people of varying educational backgrounds, of varying skills, of varying backgrounds that people can participate in. The idea is to continue this, not to prescribe solutions to people, but to get people talking about the solutions that are going to work in their own communities,” said speaker/author, Tom Hansell.

Hansell is also making trips to Wheeling, West Virginia and around the Appalachian region to talk about solutions.

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