Many perks available to those making tax-deductible contributions through USA Projects

In the documentary “Appalachia 2050,” I sought to provide an introduction to the War on Poverty in Appalachia. Starting with the premise that Appalachian residents know best what their region needs and what they want it to become, I asked eight residents of Eastern Kentucky, all leaders in their respective fields, their thoughts on the successes and failures of economic development efforts, as well what steps they feel need to be taken today, to win the War on Poverty by the year 2050.

Now, in “Appalachia 2050: The Series,” I plan to take an even closer look at the issues confronting the region. Each episode of the series will illuminate one specific subject, through interviews with those working on the front lines to solve the region’s problems.

My aim in creating “Appalachia 2050″ is not to provide all the answers to the questions facing our region, but to begin a discussion among its residents. The people of Appalachia know what they would like to see their region become, yet the region has often been on the receiving end of one-size-fits-all planning that is not always suited for its unique strengths and weaknesses.

My plans for the first “season,” if you will, of “Appalachia 2050: The Series” consist of six half-hour episodes on topics such as education, youth, coal, the environment, infrastructure and economic diversification. To explore these issues fully, every effort will be made to interview residents across the Central Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia, western Virginia and northeastern Tennessee.

However, a project of this size will not be simple or easy. I estimate it will require up to a year of research and many miles of travel, and there are various computer and other technical needs. That is why I am seeking investment from people who also believe it is important for the residents of Appalachia to retake control of their region’s future.

I have partnered with USA Projects to seek crowdfunding for this series. Considering the need for computer and technical equipment, as well as research and travel, I estimate this project will require a minimum of $9,000 to complete.

However, those who contribute to the project benefit in two ways. First, contributions to “Appalachia 2050: The Series” made through USA Projects are tax-deductible. Secondly, I have put together a package of perks for large and small investors, and I believe you will agree that each amply rewards those who pledge their support.

Thank you for taking the time to review this project. I hope you will agree that this discussion is a worthy endeavor and will support it at any level you find comfortable.

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