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  •  For me the real question is not... (2+ / 0-)
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    hazey, annan

    whether or not there are intelligent young boys and girls in places like McDowell county who will go off and earn PhDs and Masters degrees, but how it is that we get them and their equally gifted classmates to come down and revitalize the region.

    This isn't just a problem in McDowell County and West Virginia at large, but all across the South and rural America. Great teachers like yourself can only prepare these children for success in the wider world...you can't make them come back.

    If ever there was a place for Federal funding for workforce development and innovations, Appalachia is it. Hopefully the innovations center the Obama Administration has funded in Youngstown, OH presages a move towards investment and development of rural America that helps folks transition from the traditional manufacturing jobs taht have dried up to newer tech/health care jobs that are booming.

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