McDowell Residents Tell Stories of Struggles, Successes

Charleston Gazette - McDowell County residents brought their stories to Charleston Wednesday evening, to highlight one coalfield community's struggles and successes in dealing with economic decline, population loss and a host of other challenges. Read

Participants in the interactive documentary "Hollow" appeared to close out a day-long forum aimed at encouraging more discussion and action toward diversifying West Virginia's economy in the wake of coal's continuing decline.

Filmmaker and West Virginia native Elaine McMillion showed a collection of the project's 30 short films.

Several residents joined her for a discussion with about 200 people who attended the forum, called "A Bright Economic Future for the Mountain State," which was sponsored by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the West Virginia Community Development Hub.

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