Should Minot be like West Virginia? How an “Arts and Culture Economy” Rebuilt a Former Coal Town

What does Minot have in common with a West Virginia former coal town? Like all towns, we’re all struggling to create a unique identity and make ourselves attractive to both those in migration and our rising youth. In other words, our fight to survive is the point in common.

Few places have felt the urgency of that fight more acutely then Appalachian coal towns. For Thomas, West Virgina, that was their former identity. Their current identity is one of renaissance; the economic sector that’s driving it — arts and culture.

Check out the article from Yes! linked below to hear the story of one place that used to be in decline but is now headed the other direction because of artists.

This article was sourced from:

Bryce Oates, Yes!


Josh Wolsky

Developer & Writer @TheMinot Voice, Fan of the Souris River, SavorMinot Advocate. Fortunate to be a 'former' City Council member ;)

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