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Dept of Justice Grant with PZ Priority

The Corbin Times Tribune's staff writer Jeff Noble's article which appeared in the 10/01/2014 issue.

Corbin Police will be working in tandem with the Corbin Independent Schools, thanks to a federal grant of nearly $250,000 awarded to the city.  As a result, two of the city's police officers will work in the school district as school resource officers.  The grant — a Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS Hiring Program grant — comes from the U. S. Department of Justice. At an actual total of $249,950, the money's part of a program designed to build safer communities, and is the highest amount awarded to four cities in Kentucky.

Corbin City Manager Marlon Sams got the news Monday afternoon. He said the program will probably start at the end of this month.  "It's a school resource effort between the police and the school system. They'll be based at Corbin Middle School and Corbin High School during the school year. When the school day is over, they'll be back on their regular police job." Sams said in an interview.

Superintendent Ed McNeel added Wednesday the program will enhance relations with the schools and police.  "We already have a good partnership with the Corbin Police Department and this will bring that to a higher dimension. This will allow the officers to develop a close relationship with the staff and schools. They'll be there with the other kids and interact with them and the staff," he said.

The grant lasts for three years. Sams noted the city came up with a local cash match requirement of 25 percent.

$10m to Hazard Community and Technical College

FACT SHEET: Vice President Biden Announces Recipients of $450 Million of Job-Driven Training Grants

$450 Million in Grants to Nearly 270 Community Colleges Partnering with More than 400 Employers Nationally

Training America's workers with the skills they need for a good job can help middle class families and help American businesses grow our economy. While America's businesses have created 10 million jobs over the past 54 months, the longest streak of uninterrupted job growth in our country's history, we need to do more to train Americans with the skills they need, and connect them with businesses that are looking for skilled workers.

Today, as part of this effort, Vice President Biden, Secretary Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary Arne Duncan are announcing the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants going to nearly 270 community colleges across the country. The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

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Middlesboro Airport Grant

Rogers Announces $452,790 Grant to Improve Middlesboro-Bell County Airport

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. -- U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded funds for improvements at the Middlesboro-Bell County Airport. The $452,790 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will support the land acquisition for approaches, new runway lighting and improvements in airport drainage.

"Investing in our small airports in southern and eastern Kentucky is a key component to transportation safety and economic development opportunities in
our region," said Rogers. "This grant will go a long way toward improving safety at the Middlesboro-Bell County Airport and ensuring it is in top condition for air travel in our region."

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Kentucky Highlands RMAP Grant

USDA Announces $59 Million in Loans and Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity, Support Rural Microenterprise Development

PIKEVILLE, Ky., Sept. 24, 2014 – USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O'Brien today announced the selection of 85 utilities and development organizations for loans and grants to support rural business activities that will boost economic growth in rural communities.

"These USDA investments capitalize rural small businesses, which allows the owners to expand operations, enter into new markets and increase hiring," O'Brien said. "The investments we are announcing today include financing to development organizations for microlending to very small rural businesses. Funds are also being provided to utilities to pass on to local businesses for development projects. These innovative programs increase economic opportunities in rural areas – a top priority of Secretary Vilsack and President Obama."

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