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Eastern Kentucky community development receives $1.5 million grant for downtown revitalization efforts

A strategic partnership known as the ReVitalize, ReInvest, ReDevelop Appalachia (R3) Initiative will help spur the revitalization of Eastern Kentucky’s downtowns, thanks to a $1.5 million POWER grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission made to the Appalachian Impact Fund. The grant will be used to initiate downtown revitalization plans that will help attract new private investment to a 10-county...

UK Economic Development study shows agriculture contributes $2.3 billion to Fayette economy

A study by the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK)shows that agriculture is a valuable asset to Fayette County’s economy. Agriculture and the businesses that support it are responsible for one out of 12 jobs and for $2.3 billion in annual output. The CEDIK study was unveiled at a recent Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government council work...

More than a pretty face, UK study demonstrates agriculture’s impact on Woodford County’s economy

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Very few would dispute the beauty of Kentucky farmland in the lushness of spring. But a study by the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky shows that agriculture is more than just a pretty face. In Woodford County, agriculture and the businesses that support it are responsible for one out of three jobs and $565...

Agriculture responsible for $2.4 billion a year, one in nine jobs in Fayette Co., report shows

Fayette County agriculture accounts for one in nine jobs and $2.4 billion in annual revenue, according to a report by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture researchers.   (Photo by Matt Barton, UK College of Agriculture) The study is one of the first to include businesses that are totally dedicated to agriculture, such as veterinary clinics, farm associations, agriculture-specific media...