Bill Clinton's New Market Initiative recently launched, 12 graduate students from the
University of Kentucky are ready to offer their own solutions to Appalachia's
The students, members of UK's Appalachian Development Seminar led by
Appalachian Center director Ron Eller, will present the results of their research to the
Appalachian Regional Commission during its regular meeting from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. July
21 in Washington, D.C.
After seven months of research and field work in eight counties across five states, the
students are recommending the commission continue to focus attention on areas of human
services, employment diversification, education and training and public services in the
most seriously distressed counties of the region. The research being presented includes
information on human and economic resource development, family literacy and adult
education programs, civic involvement, water and sewer planning, and transportation.
"These students have been out in the field looking intently at the issues,"
said Eller, who also serves as the ARC's John D. Whisman Scholar. "The
recommendations the students are making come from their experiences in the field rather
than just academic theories."
The students' experiences will allow the commission to see the region from another
perspective, said ARC federal co-chairman Jesse L. White Jr.
"Earlier this month, President Clinton saw for himself the progress and
opportunities that exist in Appalachia," White said. "The president challenged
the nation to see our region with new eyes. Professor Eller has given his students a
unique opportunity to do just that. I know the commission looks forward to hearing about
the students' discoveries, about their impressions and about the vision they can see for
Appalachia in the future."
During the seminar, the graduate-level students reviewed data and spent time in
communities, talking with residents, reviewing local information and speaking with
leaders. The multidisciplinary seminar included students from seven fields of study and
was taught by professors from seven disciplines.