Identifying Social Issues and Income Disparities in the Creative Economic, Building Toward a Positive Future for Appalachia
The 2011-2012 Emory and Henry ATP project is a response to requests from Washington County, Virginia, civic leaders for help in developing wider community support for nonprofits that address systemic issues facing this community. Additionally, there is a need to raise the consciousness of leaders and citizens in this county regarding the integration and complexity of poverty, income disparity, and the need for holistic community-focused approaches to economic development. Students in the Public Policy and Community Service Senior Practicum Seminar (PPCS 400) will examine the ways that the creative economy is and is not providing the foundation for a more sustainable, positive future for this Appalachian county. In order to gain a broader view of the effectiveness of the creative economy on the issues of poverty and income disparity, students will give attention to six agencies and/or organizations: the Washington County Regional Jail, Feeding America Second Harvest Food Bank, Washington County Habitat for Humanity, a privately owned for-profit long-term care facility, the County's Department of Social Services, and a center working with women who are victims of domestic violence.