Coal is a major resource in Kentucky and has been used for over 250 years. Coal mining production (see map above) has decreased in parts of both the eastern and western coal fields of Kentucky over the past year.
On Monday, December 9th, Governor Steve Beshear and Representative Hal Rogers spearheaded a summit in Pikeville, Kentucky, called Shaping Our Appalachia Region (SOAR). The purpose of the conference was to discuss Eastern Kentucky’s economic future. The economic downturn in the region is commonly linked to the recent loss of jobs in the coal industry, but the issue has a longer history. President Lyndon B.
The Kentucky Geographic Alliance (KGA) is a grassroots organization of educators supporting geographic education. They provide support services for P-12 teachers in the Commonwealth to enhance the geographic awareness of students. As a part of this initiative they send out Kentucky in the News once a month in which local news stories are related to geography for use in Kentucky classrooms.