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A Nation Engaged: Economic Opportunities For More Americans

Brittany Fears (left) and Mike Potts (right) work on the assembly line.

This week, we’re participating in a national week of conversation alongside NPR and fellow member stations called A Nation Engaged. It's a coordinated conversation around a topic, and the goal is to get a wide variety of voices answering the same question.

We went to the Dixie Area Business Expo, where independent businesses in South Louisville were showcased. The question: “What can we do to create economic opportunities for more Americans?”

Here are some of the answers.

Yetta Blair: "It’s about learning skill sets that can provide the type of salaries for a good living."

Scott Morgan: "To lessen some of the restrictions on trying to get like small business loans and stuff like that."


Jillian Magruder: "Yeah, we’re filling almost 4,000 jobs for our warehouse. I’ll just say it makes me really happy to be able to give these people jobs, to like, get them off on the right foot and help them provide for their families."

Hillary Persley: "So, I think education is the best way to help the economy and help folks get ready for the jobs that they want."

Chuck Hall: "Give kids a chance. Provide them an opportunity to have a job where they learn from you and open doors for other networking. Having a good experience of something. They take that with them wherever they go with school and other opportunities and build off that. And that creates jobs and other opportunities for business to grow."

Roxanne Scott covers education for WFPL News.