If you’ve been wondering what Ramel Bradley’s been up to lately, he’s been helping put Eastern Kentucky to work. The former UK point guard is one of the investors behind AppHarvest, a $50 million greenhouse on 70 acres of reclaimed mining land in Pikeville, Kentucky. According to the Courier-Journal, Bradley, AppHarvest CEO Jonathan Webb, and chief operating officer and fellow UK alum Seth Norat plan to hire 130 workers in Appalachia at $12/hour or more to grow tomatoes, bell peppers, and other vegetables. Right now, the unemployment rate in Pikeville is 8.7%, almost double the statewide average of 4.5%.
The 45-acre hydroponic greenhouse will be located in the Marion’s Branch area of the new Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park, and will cover two million square feet and produce up to 2.6 million pounds of vegetables annually.
What a seriously awesome move by Ramel, who is not only giving back to the state where he went to school, but helping out one of the most impoverished places in the country. Learn more about the project in the Courier-Journal and the video below.
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