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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...

Economic transition continues in Eastern Kentucky through arts and culture with endowment gift

Art and culture will continue to help spur the revitalization of Eastern Kentucky with the help of a new endowment gift that will fund a full-time position to lead the long-running Higher Ground community theater project, housed at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. The endowment, made possible by entrepreneur and philanthropist Brook Smith, will fund an executive director position...

Rural Blog: Kentucky native Lora Smith works to help Appalachian nonprofits with innovative impact fund

Community builder Lora Smith is working to help Eastern Kentucky with a unique approach: a first- of-its-kind impact fund that gives a financial boost to nonprofits serving the area. The organization also invests directly in communities through real estate acquisition and development to improve dilapidated small town downtowns. “Smith co-founded the Appalachian Impact Fund with Louisville philanthropist...