PIKEVILLE — About 70 business leaders from Central Kentucky spent Monday and Tuesday touring the state's mountain region.
Arranged by Commerce Lexington and sponsored by the Pikeville-based Community Trust Bancorp, the tour stopped in Irvine, Jackson, Hazard, Whitesburg, Prestonsburg and Pikeville, and included a tour of a mining operation near Inez.
"Our economic and social ties are so interdependent that I felt it important for our key regional leaders to get better acquainted with what makes Eastern Kentucky tick," Commerce Lexington board chairman Woodford Webb said in a news release before the tour.
The tour highlighted Eastern Kentucky's economic impact on the rest of the state, said Dave Moss of the Kentucky Coal Association, who participated in the first day of the tour.
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He said he was particularly impressed with Appalachian Regional Healthcare's "medical mall" clinic, built in a renovated Walmart building in Hazard. Moss said it was a good example of creative use of post-mining land.