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ARC approves $300,000 grant for Clay City water tank, $250,000 for hospital equipment in Irvine

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $300,000 to Clay City, KY to replace a 50,000-gallon water storage tank with a new 150,000-gallon water tank. “I am pleased the ARC approved funding for this new capacity water tank for the residents of Powell County,” said Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo at the Department for Local Government. “The new tank and upgraded pump station...

Cities of Mt. Olivet, Manchester receive ARC grants to expand, renovate wastewater treatment plants

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $400,000 to expand and renovate the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Mt. Olivet, KY. “Bringing water utilities up to modern standards of efficiency is exactly what Mt. Olivet needs,” said Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo at the Department for Local Government. “The ARC funding for the improved and expanded WWTP will go a long way...

Booneville receives $600,000 ARC grant to replace pair of Owsley County water storage tanks

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $600,000 to the city of Booneville to replace the aging Elk Lick and KY 11 South Water storage tanks – originally installed 40 years ago. “A clean and reliable water source will enhance the quality of life for all residents of Booneville,” said Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo at the Department for Local Government. “The funding...

Rural Blog: McConnell says proposed elimination of Appalachian Regional Commission won’t happen

President Trump’s proposed budget may be dead on arrival in Congress, but its proposed cuts to programs that have helped the most vulnerable Americans have raised eyebrows because many of them people in rural areas he won by large margins. And the political pushback from Republicans is increasing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, says Trump’s proposed...

Rural Blog: Trump’s federal budget proposal cuts many programs that benefit rural areas, like ARC

Many federal programs that help rural areas would be eliminated or reduced under President Trump’s proposed budget, released on Thursday. Some of the losers “may be some of the very constituencies that have been most supportive of the new president during his improbable rise to power,” writes Peter Baker of The New York Times. Proposed changes; click on image to enlarge (Washington...

Appalachian Regional Commission grant distributes $200,000 to 54 Kentucky counties

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $200,000 to provide technical assistance and training in water and wastewater utility finance, management, and operations to rural utility services located throughout Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties. The training includes water treatment and distribution system, asset management, rate analysis, Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA)...

Rural Blog: ARC awards $26 million to job training projects in coal-impacted communities in five states

The Appalachian Region Commission has announced 28 awards of nearly $26 million in coal-impacted communities in five states with two of the largest grants going to Prestonsburg and Hazard. ARC said funds will “train more than 7,300 workers and students impacted by the changing coal economy in certificate, credentialing, and other workforce development programs. They will also create or retain...

Feds send over $12 million in economic development grants to Kentucky’s SOAR region

As part of the work of Shaping our Appalachian Region, grants totaling more than $12 million were announced for projects in Kentucky Wednesday. With these investments, more than 400 jobs will be created in our region along with almost $40 million in economic impact and leveraged project funding. Here’s a closer look at the grants: — $2,750,000 ARC grant to the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated...

University of Pikeville receives $7.5 million in federal grants for new College of Optometry

The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) has received nearly $7.5 million in federal grants for its Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO), U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday. The competitive grants are being funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in the amount of $2.5 million and the Commerce Department’s U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) in the amount...

Bevin announces $500,000 ARC grant for Irvine; $250,000 to Kenton County for addiction center

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved funding for a $500,000 grant for the City of Irvine in Estill County, Gov. Matt Bevin’s office announced Wednesday. Funds will be used to expand and upgrade the city’s existing wastewater collection system to provide new sewer service for 219 households in the Wisemantown community and improve sewer service for 354 households and 86 businesses...

U of L Dental School graduates going where they’re needed most: rural Kentucky

As health care professionals, Emily Knight and Jerrica Norvell are dedicating their lives to help others. And for these 2015 DMD-graduates of the University of Louisville Dental School, they have chosen to join practices where the help is most needed – rural Kentucky. Both new dentists are benefiting from a loan forgiveness program in exchange for starting their dental careers in areas of Kentucky...

Federal officials to provide funds to help Central Appalachian counties reeling from loss of coal jobs

By Al Cross Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Federal officials trying to help Central Appalachian counties reeling from losses of coal jobs say they will use a pot of new money “to demonstrate that Appalachia really is the next great investment opportunity in America.” That’s how Earl Gohl, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, described it late...

Rural Blog: Study finds cancer rates occur at higher rate in Appalachian counties

Cancer rates in Appalachian counties occur at a higher rate than in non-Appalachian counties, says a report, “Cancer Incidence in Appalachia 2004-11,” published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The overall rate for the region was 4.2 percent higher among men and 2.5 percent higher among women. Researchers said the gap between Appalachian cancer cases and...

Perry Co. walk organizer sees himself as part of problem and solution to area’s health woes

Sam Neace, organizer of the Great Perry County Walk Saturday, Sept. 20, knows firsthand that healthy habits begin with a single step. (Photo by Cris Ritchie)   By Kristy Robinson Horine KyForward correspondent   When it comes to health and fitness, Sam Neace might be one of the worst role models around. At least, that’s the way he sees it.   “I don’t pay anywhere near as much...

Bon Appetit Appalachia! guide highlights
48 Eastern Kentucky food destinations

Forty-eight food destinations in Eastern Kentucky are included in a new mapguide developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission to promote culinary tourism throughout the region.   The ARC just announced the launch of the Bon Appetit Appalachia tourism mapguide showcasing 283 of the Appalachian region’s most distinctive food destinations. The mapguide is available as an insert in the summer...