As eastern Kentucky works to diversify its local economy, which policies help build sustainable communities? Can eastern Kentucky learn from the experiences of other coal mining regions?
The public is invited to attend a free event on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. in the Appalshop Theater in Whitesburg to discuss these questions with two guests who have been deeply involved in redevelopment efforts in the Welsh coalfields.
As central Appalachian coal employment continues to decline, many are looking to Wales, whose coalfield shut down 30 years ago, for ideas.
A 6 p.m. opening reception with refreshments will welcome the two visiting speakers: Dr. Hywel Francis is a Member of Parliament representing the Aberavon district, and Mair Francis is the founder of the Dulais Opportunity for Voluntary Enterprise, commonly known as the DOVE workshop. Appalshop is located at 91 Madison Avenue.