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A mask or a gun?

In Instagram, News stories by kelsey.clough@centralapp.us

But rural communities have largely been left out, which has only widened the gulf between urban and rural America. That disconnect became glaringly evident to me recently when, in preparation for my trip, I asked a simple question on Facebook: What should I pack to stay safe on the road?

The two most common answers were shockingly different — a mask and a gun.

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11 Books for 2021

In Instagram by Jessica Vodden

I’ve been listening to a lot of books during my Operation Rural Tech road trip. I thought I’d share some of my favorites from business and tech. I’ve provided a little summary, below, on why I like the book. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these and any recommendations for other good reads!

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CentralApp CEO embarks on mission to bring remote tech jobs to Appalachia

In Instagram, News, News stories by Jessica Vodden

“Silicon Holler is going to be the new Silicon Valley,” said Patrick Farrell, one of CentralApp’s co-founders. “And I think Todd is just the person to lead the way for us. His extensive experience in growing and scaling tech companies is impressive. More importantly, he has a passion for our mission to bring new, high-wage jobs to Appalachia. That’s a powerful combination. You can’t stop a person who has both the know-how and the drive to pull it all together.”

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CentralApp’s “Operation Rural Tech” attempts to bring remote tech jobs to Appalachia

In Instagram, News, News stories by Jessica Vodden

“My goal is to raise awareness about all the activity the country has for domestic tech workers in Appalachia. I would like to think over the long-term we could get people to think about when they outsource technology rather than thinking they have to go to India or eastern Europe they can outsource those jobs to Appalachia,” said Cope. “I really think we can get there.”

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Operation Rural Tech: Anticipated Route

In Industry Insights, Instagram by Jessica Vodden

Last updated: January 8, 2021 As part of the Operation Rural Tech initiative, Todd Cope, CEO of CentralApp, plans to visit the following cities: Monday, January 4: Huntington, West Virginia Ashland, West Virginia Hazard, Kentucky London, Kentucky Tuesday, January 5: Knoxville, Tennessee Charlotte, North Carolina Wednesday, January 6: Atlanta, Georgia Thursday, January 7: Chattanooga, Tennessee Friday, January 8: Nashville, Tennesee …

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2021 Power of Performance honorees announced

In Instagram, News by Jessica Vodden

Todd Cope, CEO of CentralApp was also recognized for his organization’s efforts in the Putting People to Work category. CentralApp trains people in technical skills and works to connect companies in need of tech talent with qualified workers from throughout the Appalachian region.