Arts and Appalachia

In small towns economic diversification and revitalization is a challenging non-linear process. Due to losing their primary economic base (e.g. extractive industries, agriculture, manufacturing, etc.), many rural communities in Appalachia are confronting their youth leaving home never to return while others are seeing a large non-labor force enter the region, retirees. This shift has exacerbated…

Risks and Rewards of Automation

The risks and rewards of automation have been a major element in a year-long studio course I am taking this semester. While technology has the capability to mitigate global warming, lengthen and improve our lives, and enable the global south to participate in the ever-expanding world economy, there are several implications that keep me up…

Spearheading Southwest VA toward Outdoor Recreation

Oh Southwest Virginia, who wouldn’t want to visit such a beautiful, mountainous area and be a part of this special place? The wealth of beauty and history in Appalachia has created an identity held dear by its people. It is a place of refuge, openness, and exploration that may retain current residents and attract newcomers…

Hurricanes Hit Hard on Regional Economies

Hurricanes Hit the Economy also

Hurricane ‘Florence’ made landfall on September 14th crashing into the eastern coast of the United States. The storm, predicted to hit the coast as a Category 4, became the talk of the town in Virginia, and North Carolina and South Carolina, states all predicted to be in the path of destruction. Milk, bread, and water…

Gender Gaps in Workforce (Part II)

In the last two weeks, we (the graduate assistants at OED) were working on Quarterly Reports for Workforce Development Areas (WDA) one, two and three. Each season, we try to focus on a certain topic related to workforce development. This time we have decided to investigate gender-based employment issues. So far by looking at national…

From a GA…Assessing the Gender Pay Gap and Income Inequality

Gender pay gap shows women make less then men.

Throughout my coursework, internships, and my GA positions, I have seen a lot of wage data. Average weekly wages, median household income, inflation adjusted occupational wages- I thought I had seen it all prior to doing the background research for our upcoming quarterly workforce report. Filtering this data by gender yielded results I had never…