- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - An event being held in northwest Alabama will look at ways to keep young people in Appalachia.

The fall conference of the Appalachian Regional Commission will be held Thursday in Florence.

The session will look at ways to keep young people in the region and prevent the loss of potential workers, community leaders and business owners.

Some of those potential strategies include teaching business skills and developing effective youth leadership programs. Others include using new technology to engage young people and guiding people toward careers in technical fields.

The commission promotes development in an area that includes all or parts of 13 states stretching from northeastern Mississippi to southern New York.

More than 25 million people live in the region.

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