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    BeneathTheWave
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    Outsourcing Jobs to Poverty-Stricken Appalachia

    Could giving small tax breaks to companies that employ Appalachian citizens increase population size and economic throughput of the area? The region doesn't have a lot of natural resources or infrastructure, so the best hope for creating jobs would seem to be bringing in the remote operations from elsewhere that aren't location-dependent, like telemarketing.

    At first thought it doesn't seem to trip any inequality flags that established programs haven't already run all over, so might this be a viable method of bringing wealth to an otherwise barren region?

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    Re: Outsourcing Jobs to Poverty-Stricken Appalachia

    It can be a possibility. Generally the population will grow when there is stability. Meaning that there should be some form of income for them. That will put them in a position to care for their loved ones.

    I don't know if it will bring wealth along though. You mention that there is no infrastructure and natural resources. You didn't specify what natural resources you are referring to, so I assume it must be water.

    If water is scarce, development of the infrastructure will be slow and the growth might not be what you will expect. Water, which is the most basic need of any human being, is crucial for survival.
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    Re: Outsourcing Jobs to Poverty-Stricken Appalachia

    Quote Originally Posted by BeneathTheWave View Post
    Could giving small tax breaks to companies that employ Appalachian citizens increase population size and economic throughput of the area? The region doesn't have a lot of natural resources or infrastructure, so the best hope for creating jobs would seem to be bringing in the remote operations from elsewhere that aren't location-dependent, like telemarketing.

    At first thought it doesn't seem to trip any inequality flags that established programs haven't already run all over, so might this be a viable method of bringing wealth to an otherwise barren region?
    Telemarketing?

    In the US most telemarketing or inbound call-center operations go to where local people have a completely understandable accent -- like the Midwest, Atlanta, Nevada, etc. Appalachia? English speakers calling a center manned by folks from rural WV and Eastern KY? Yikes. I think that would be a hard sell.

    There are a number of natural resources in that region: Coal, natural gas, etc. But perhaps its biggest resource is its beauty. Beauty that draws tourism when times are good. Tourism that traditionally the poor rural people of that region don't like "outsiders".

    When poverty has stricken a region for many generations like that -- the best course of action is to offer educational oportunities.

    When talking about Appalachia we are essentially talking about generations of poor rural people who have resisted change and outsiders.
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