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Federal-state-local partnership helps tap into Appalachia’s potential

The hit country song “Mountain Music” by the band Alabama may recount fond memories of many Alabamians growing up in a rural mountainous area where life is simple and family bonds are strong. “Oh, play me some mountain music; Like grandma and grandpa used to play.” While a similar ...

Building a Stronger, Healthier Future for the Appalachian Region

With a low cost and high quality of living, it’s no surprise that more than 1.7 million North Carolinians call the Appalachia home. The 29 North Carolina counties that are a part of it offer great opportunities to families living in the region — welcoming communities, a strong small ...

Focus is on helping jobs, families, economy

Since taking office in 2015, our administration has charted a new course, one guided by simple, common sense principles. Our focus has been on creating jobs, assisting Maryland’s families, and restoring our economy. As Maryland continues to recover from the unprecedented crisis caused by the ...

ARC dedicated to economic health of Appalachia

Since 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has been dedicated to improving the economic health of Appalachia. Over $4.5 billion has been invested, from small business assistance to broadband deployment to workforce development. The key to ARC’s success comes from the agency’s ...

Could the California, Texas blackouts come to Ohio?

Summer has just started, but the power grids in Texas and California are struggling to keep the lights on and the air conditioners running. Texas utilities have already asked residents to conserve electricity in the face of soaring demand. And California officials have issued alerts asking ...

June recognized as Men’s Health Month

Research shows men are less likely than women to visit the doctor regularly, which means they may be missing vital preventive health screenings. June is Men’s Health Month, and as a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, I am highlighting ...

GUEST COLUMN: Disaster planning does not end with COVID-19

COVID-19 changed the way we do business, but there’s one thing that didn’t change—the need for cohesive small business disaster plans. As we dive into spring and summer, traditional weather threats are obvious. Not so obvious are threats from civil unrest or cyber security. The U.S. ...

Success of big lottery impact is a long shot

When Gov. Mike DeWine said he was lifting virtually all health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, he also announced five weekly drawings, starting next week, with a prize of $1 million each to those who have at least started the vaccination process. “I know that some may say, ...

GUEST COLUMN: Biden’s clean energy plan requires a U.S. mining renaissance

President Biden is making a big push for his American Jobs Plan. As he explained in his recent address to Congress, a large-scale U.S. transition to renewable energy could create millions of good-paying jobs, particularly if “Made in America.” That would be a great help for America’s ...

Second Chance Act proves worthwhile

Spring is a time of new beginnings, so it is a fitting time to hold up those who have started new lives of meaning and purpose after being convicted of a crime and serving their time. Helping formerly incarcerated individuals overcome their past mistakes and reenter society as productive ...