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Guest columnists

ARP collaboration could transform Valley

What does one job mean to the Mahoning Valley? It means one family can buy school supplies and clothes, spend time at the baseball field on the weekend and go out to eat every now and then. It means adequate health care, paying the mortgage and putting gas in the car. It restores self-esteem, ...

Moving Appalachia Ohio forward

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of commentaries from governors of states comprising the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency for the region. The Appalachian region of Ohio is diverse in both landscapes and people. The 32 Ohio counties that make up ...

We promised never to forget, but we have

This year we observe the 20th anniversary of 9/11. It’s a day we swore never to forget. But in 2021, we have sorely forgotten. In recent weeks, U.S. troops abruptly pulled out of Afghanistan, and the Taliban quickly filled the void. But instead of immediately seizing control of cities, ...

West Virginia partners with ARC for improvement

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of commentaries from governors of states comprising the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency for the region. For every home improvement project, big or small, you need the right tools to get the job done. That's one way to ...

Partnership taps Appalachia’s potential

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of commentaries from governors of states comprising the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency for the region. The hit country song "Mountain Music" by the band Alabama may recount fond memories of many Alabamians growing up in ...

Building better future for Appalachia

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of commentaries from governors of states comprising the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency for the region. With a low cost and high quality of living, itás no surprise more than 1.7 million North Carolinians call the ...