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Appalachian Partnership Chairman and CEO John Molinaro has been developing rural economies for three decades.  He also knows the policy side having come to APEG from the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C. and through service on national rural development boards.  He is shaping the Rare Mix of Assets offered by Ohio’s 32 Appalachian-designated counties into the region’s first-ever economic development entity.

Molinaro Shapes Rural Agenda

In late March, a small group of national and international rural policy leaders met in Washington to discuss what is working best in America to build rural economies.  The participants represented agencies charged with rural development including some from beyond U.S. borders.  Of the 15 participants, only John Molinaro, president and CEO of APEG, currently works in a rural region.

Molinaro has earned a seat at the table with his deep understanding of rural issues.  The meeting was to address the aging workforce which will hit rural economies hard over the next years.

“Our UpSkill Your Workforce training program addresses one of the thorniest problems in rural development.  Most rural areas have more people retiring over the next 15 years than graduating from high school so we cannot meet all our workforce needs by training new workers,” Molinaro said.  “UpSkill helps employers fill critical positions by increasing the skills of current  employees. …

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