LISTEN: New podcast episode explores state efforts to support rural communities as they transition away from a coal-powered economy  

The new episode of WGA’s Out West podcast, Supporting Coal Communities, explores the economic trends impacting Utah’s coal communities in the face of changing energy markets and state efforts to bolster economic development opportunities in those areas.  

Listen in as WGA Senior Policy Advisor, Lauren DeNinno, speaks with Alyssa Kay, Director of Program Development for the Utah Office of Energy Development, and Geri Gamber, the Executive Director of the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments. Together they discuss specific programs that the state has pursued to support rural economic development, like the San Rafael Energy Research Center, which works to diversify the state's energy portfolio and help employees in the coal industry transition their skills to new economic sectors.       

To listen, click the embedded player below, or visit PodbeanSpotify and Apple Podcasts

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