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Dickenson County Discussion Board


Editorial: 'A grave national problem'

Through our history, we've often seen certain cities rise as new industries prospered - think of Detroit with automobiles in the 20th century. However, the economic fortunes of those cities were still linked to smaller communities elsewhere. Car makers depended on steel from places like Gary, Indiana, and those steel plants, in turn, were powered by coal from Appalachia. If Detroit was doing well, so were other communities along its supply chain, from Detroit to Dickenson County. The technologies that now drive the 21st century economy have broken that connection, though. Google isn't buying algorithms from digit factories in Clintwood. Tech industries in Silicon Valley may be doing great, but they're leaving the rest of the country untethered in a very different economy.


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