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‘Kentucky Leads’ the theme as officials gather for 42nd annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference

The 42nd annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference officially begins this week at the Galt House in Louisville, with a conference registration of over 850 locally elected officials, community leaders, and advocates. The official theme, “Kentucky Leads,” is a testimony to the historic developments and milestones already seen in 2017. “I am overjoyed at the start of the 42nd Annual Governor’s...

State Local Government Department approves $1 million block grant for Casey County

The Department for Local Government (DLG) approved funding for a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to Casey County for the purchase of equipment to lease to Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment. “I am pleased these CDBG funds will assist Casey County and the Economic Development Authority of Liberty-Casey County in purchasing equipment to be used for Tarter’s production facilities,”...

Laurel County gets $397,524 grant from Appalachian Regional Commission for water, sewer system

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $397,524 to London-Laurel County Industrial Development Authority in London, KY to extend water, sewer, and transportation infrastructure into the Fariston Industrial Park. “I am pleased the ARC approved funding to further extend water and sewer systems in Fariston Industrial Park in London,” said Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo at the...

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...

Save Money, Fix Stuff: Energy workshop for city, county officials set for March 22 in Hazard

To help Kentucky’s city and county governments save money by reducing energy, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER), in cooperation with the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG), are hosting a High Performance Public Facilities Workshop, March 22 in Hazard, Kentucky. Local government officials and others responsible...

Kentucky Infrastructure Authority names McNeil as its new executive director

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) has named Donna L. McNeil as the new executive director. The KIA board approved McNeil’s appointment as director at their monthly meeting. McNeil recently served as Compliance Specialist with the Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) in Bowling Green. There she served as chair of the Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Committee and as proxy...

Governor selects 21 recreational trails projects to receive federal development, maintenance funds

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Department for Local Government (DLG) selected 21 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) projects for funding up to $1.3 million. This grant assists in maintaining and developing Kentucky’s vast network of recreational trails. RTP is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is administered by DLG. “Outdoor recreational opportunities enhance the quality of life...

Bevin names governmental service veteran Dunahoo to lead state Department for Local Government

Sandra Dunahoo has been selected to serve as Commissioner of the Department for Local Government, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday. “I am excited to have Sandy joining our team in this critical role,” Bevin said. “Her depth of knowledge on funding streams and local projects will be a valuable resource for officials around Kentucky.” Dunahoo has more than 30 years of governmental...