State Nature Preserves Commission to present Volunteer Steward Award at quarterly meeting Dec. 14

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission will hold its final 2017 quarterly meeting on Dec. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in Training Room B of the Sower Building, 300 Sower Blvd., in Frankfort. Staff presentations will include “Rare Plants of the Cumberland Plateau” by Martina Hines and Tara Littlefield, and “Developing the Kentucky Biological Assessment Tool” by...

Rural Blog: Technology and digital design start-up finds success in heart of Kentucky coalfield

A technology and digital-design firm in southeastern Kentucky offers hope for helping Central Appalachia revitalize its economy after the loss of coal jobs, Alexis Stephens reports for PolicyLink. In Letcher County, where 33 percent of residents live below the federal poverty level and only 12 percent of adults 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree, Mountain Tech Media is providing a service...

Eastern Kentucky ‘Promise Zone’ designation aimed at accelerating progress in region

An eight-county region of Eastern Kentucky will be among the areas named as “Promise Zones” by the White House, state officials announced. The designation means the federal government will partner with these zones to accelerate public-private partnerships, promote job creation and education opportunities, and improve access to federal grant programs.   “As we know, there is no single solution...