Four senators, nonprofit to unveil initiative for Appalachia

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 13, 2017 2:28 AM

FILE PHOTO: A "For Rent" sign is taped to a storefront window in the coal town of Welch, W.Va. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Morgantown, W. Va.) -- Four U.S. senators and the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center plan to unveil a detailed economic initiative for Appalachia to help reverse struggles with poverty and isolation in the region.

The senators are Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Warner of Virginia and Republicans David Perdue of Georgia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

Appalachia spans 13 states, including Pennsylvania, and has more than 25 million people. Midstate counties that are considered a part of Appalachia are Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder and Union.

According to the senators, it has been disproportionately hurt economic shifts and declines in coal and traditional manufacturing that cost many jobs.

They say the focus is pragmatic policy solutions for developing the work force, creating jobs, improving health care and strengthening infrastructure and energy sectors.

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