Darrin McCormick was the mayor of Williamson, West Virginia, from 2005-2014. He has witnessed the decline of the population and of the economic base. "We have always been proud of coal, but we also acknowledged that we needed alternatives that could guarantee us a future. 19,000 jobs have been lost in the coal industry since January of the last year, so we must diversify our economy now," he told us this morning while he gave us an introduction to 'Sustainable Williamson', an initiative that aims to revitalize the town.
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