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Teleworks USA, an initiative of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), was recently featured in an issue brief published by the Research Foundation of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), which provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s regional development organizations.

The NADO report examines efforts to develop economic opportunities between rural and urban areas of the country, including...

The coal business was the only business Tony Gray had ever known, having worked in the industry since he was 17. Then, at the age of 50, the bottom fell out of the industry in Gray’s native Clay County.

“I was working for a coal company and owned my own business for a while,” said Gray, a certified welder and repairman. “The coal business started getting bad, and eventually the job went down, too.”

His is a familiar story in Eastern Kentucky’s coalfields, where the mining...