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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.

Why Wood?

It may seem odd that APEG is putting so much effort into our wood products industry.  In a world where technologies are introduced daily and whole new industries gear up to produce them, why focus so much attention on wood? After all, people have been making things with wood since we lived in caves!

So, why wood?

First off, wood is here to stay.  The demand for fine hardwood products remains very strong.  Some of the finest hardwoods in the world grow here.  We can substantially increase their harvest and still be sustainable.  Most of our forests are owned by small local landowners, so every tree we sustainably harvest puts more money into our region’s economy.

Second, our forest economy is huge.  The industry contributed $22 billion to Ohio’s GDP, providing $5.7 billion in wages and 118,000 jobs in 2010 – before the economic recovery really got rolling.  More than 70 percent of…

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