Good jobs let us move from financial vulnerability to self-reliance, performing work that enriches our community w/out degrading our environment. They build multiple forms of wealth: financial, social, intellectual etc. #UpChat #UpworthyxCTC @RockefellerFdn
7) Even though national economic numbers are riding high, a lot of people say they aren’t seeing the impact. What about in your community? How easy or difficult is it to find a good job and retain a good job?
Our communities’ labor participation rate is <46%. It’s tough to find good jobs here during the economic transition, so we’ve stepped in as a direct employer & are working with @UFI_inc & others to connect entrepreneurs w/resources.
8) Do you believe supporting local business is important? Why? And if not, why not?
WV’s economic history is one of ownership & control by outside interests & is focused on extraction. Developing local businesses is now central to our strategy to diversify & rebuild the Appalachian economy from the ground up.
9) Fast forward 10, 20, 50 years. What do you hope for your community?
We will retrain our talented young people, & those who left will come home to take advantage of entrepreneurial ecosystem supports & vibrant communities built around our unique culture and close relationship to the land & nature.