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Eastern Kentucky advocate Lora Smith named to Federal Reserve’s Community Advisory Council

The rural communities of Eastern Kentucky will have a seat at the table as the Federal Reserve considers future U.S. financial policies, with the recent appointment of Appalachian Impact Fund Executive Director Lora Smith to the Fed’s Community Advisory Council. Smith is among three new appointees to the council, announced recently by the Fed – the nation’s central bank that conducts U.S. monetary...

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...

Daily Yonder: Recipes generate a taste of controversy, but some reactions miss point

The New York Times tried to evoke something of the cultures and traditions of each state in the Union with a Thanksgiving recipe section. Some of the negative reader reaction misses the point: Family recipes should be shared, along with the stories that make them special. Join the conversation and share your stories on Facebook.   By Lora Smith Special to KyForward   I had a family recipe...