ST. PAUL, Va. (Aug. 22, 2014) — In a bright red caboose in this small town, Terri Anne Funk rents out kayaks, canoes and inner tubes so people can enjoy something she’s loved for a while — the Clinch River.
Flowing for 135 miles in Virginia before spilling into Tennessee, the Clinch is one of the most biodiverse hotspots, said Brad Kreps, Clinch Valley program director at The Nature Conservancy. And it has recently become a driver for tourism in the region, with businesses like Funk’s and concerted efforts from a local organization, the Clinch River Valley Initiative. “We’ve always known …
Creating jobs, increasing U.S. competitiveness,
and protecting national security
Among the challenges facing government leaders today are creating jobs, increasing the competitiveness of the American workforce, and protecting the security of our nation.
The worst recession since the 1930s has resulted in extensive commercial layoffs and the steepest declines in state tax receipts on record, threatening hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs. Rural U.S. communities in particular are struggling with continuing job losses in the agricultural, manufacturing, mining, and automotive industries. The challenge for many rural areas is transforming from a commodity-based economy to one that is knowledge driven. That means …