Written by Robert Kell


Robert Kell

Robert Kell is the New Economy Program Manager at Appalachian Voices. He hails from Southwest Virginia and is a trained community organizer with experience building issue and policy campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels.

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New Virginia task force to host listening sessions and support community engagement

A state agency is taking the exciting step of holding listening sessions in Southwest Virginia to solicit local input on how the commonwealth can support the region’s economic future.

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What it takes to reenergize Southwest Virginia

Economic development in Southwest Virginia could get a long overdue jumpstart with the suggestions Virginia Energy outlined in its Reenergize Southwest Final Report. The report, which was released in December 2021, makes recommendations for the General Assembly to support the economic transition in the coalfields after eliminating the state’s coal tax credits in 2021.

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