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Kentucky's AppHarvest seeks to create high-tech greenhouse jobs in coal country

February 24, 2018View for printing

After working with the U.S. Army to implement renewable power resources such as solar power, Webb turned his sights to his hometown. The area has been growing alternative education and jobs for laid-off miners, such as coding bootcamps and solar projects requiring temporary manual labor.

Aiming to bring a new generation of agriculture into Pikeville, Webb founded AppHarvest -- a soon-to-be $50 million high-tech greenhouse that will create 140 full-time jobs in Pikeville at a former surface coal mine. According to Webb, there are 1.2 million acres of reclaimed surface mine sites in Eastern Kentucky that can be reused.

Muriel Vega, Hypepotamus ... al-country/
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