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University of Kentucky’s CEDIK celebrating a decade of helping rural communities thrive

By Carol Lea Spence Unviersity of Kentucky For 10 years, rural Kentucky communities looking to build dynamic, sustainable economies have turned to the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky for support. With research-based data, targeted publications, leadership development, coalition-building and networking support, CEDIK has made a difference for many...

New Economic Recovery and Resilience Project to provide resources for Kentucky businesses

Accelerating Kentucky’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and enhancing the commonwealth’s ongoing economic resilience is the focus behind the Kentucky Economic Recovery and Resilience Project. The project is a result of collaboration between the Kentucky Association for Economic Development and the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) at the University of Kentucky. In...

Collaboration between UK colleges results in hiring of cooperative extension fine arts specialist

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky A unique collaboration between the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and College of Fine Arts has resulted in the hiring of one of the few cooperative extension arts specialist in the country. Stephanie Richards, who was hired in 2005 in Pike County as the first fine arts extension agent in the nation, accepted the job. Richards’...

USDA, UK, Purdue partnering to provide technical assistance for long-term rural economic growth

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley announced the names of 47 rural communities and regions that will receive technical assistance to help create and implement long-term economic development plans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing the assistance through an initiative called Rural Economic Development Innovation, REDI. USDA’s Innovation Center created...

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...