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Morehead State University

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Economic Development in Appalachian Kentucky:
Perception, Reality and Reimagining Our Region 

Students in Morehead State University’s Seminar on Regional Issues worked with the Rowan County (KY) Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Agency (Rowan County, KY), and the Kentucky League of Cities to analyze major factors in economic distress and related social development in Appalachian Kentucky.  Students conducted surveys to determine perceived obstacles to economic development, including negative perceptions of the region, carry out statistical research to better understand how reality compares to these perceived obstacles, and developed plans for improving the local economy and perceptions of the area.

Specifically, students focused their efforts on understanding the perceptions of their area with regards to tourism. These findings helped Rowan County address chronic unemployment, economic stagnation, and demographic decline as well as the negative public perceptions that are both the result of and contributors to these economic and social problems. Students then used this data to develop plans to enhance local economic growth.

Student-led efforts focused on uniting public policy, business practices, and public relations campaigns that will serve to improve the area and the region, especially in regards to tourism.

2016 ATP Proposal

Morehead State's Live Presentation in Washington, DC

2016 Final Report


Contact Information:

Dr. Michael Hail
School of Public Affairs
Morehead State University
110 F Combs Building
Morehead, KY 40351
Telephone: (606) 783-5407


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