I previously floated the idea of keeping the 3 high schools open and using the 50 million to turn Southeast into a 4 year university. Let's just say it wasn't popular with many.Sounds like some good ideas to me except the industry idea. I hate to sound pessimistic and negative but I think I am realistic about the issue. I just don't think you are going to get any real, stand-on-their-own industries of any quality in Harlan (at least any time soon.) I may be wrong and I hope I am, but I just don't see it happening. I don't think the infrastructure is there or it is too neglected to support industry. I think our college is a diamond in the rough and could be easily built upon and supported to where it is a thriving four year institution (totally in the county).
The county, or at least the city needs to be wet. If we managed to vote the entire county wet we would need a distribution center which would mean jobs. We had a meeting once to organize a petition to make the county wet. Who showed up? GFunk, Superbeast, StillStanding, Jennifer Mcdaniels, and Big Bettie.
We need a CJE who is 100% on board with the Blue Grass Challenge Academy. Ralph Souyleret (Delzina's Brother) Has worked very hard to get the academy here in Harlan. He is also the person who managed to get us our own National Guard Armory, and the SEKRI factory in Cumberland. The Academy would be helpful to our youth, as well as bringing jobs to the community. They will need teachers, cooks, janitors, ect, ect, ect. The same type of employees that a typical school needs.