Obama’s Appalachian Commission Looks for Direction

[imgbelt img=whismeet.jpg]There hasn’t been much economic progress in Appalachia over the last decade. President Obama’s choice to run the Appalachian Regional Commission is now searching for a way forward.

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“Too much money was being put into roads and not enough into community development of smaller communities,” said Helen Lewis, a sociologist and educator who has written extensively about Appalachia and who was among the ARC’s early critics. “I think they could’ve done more to preserve community health centers, [and] they could’ve done more on some of the health problems.”

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