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Kentucky Art Council's Work in the Promise Zone

Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Promise Zone


Kentucky’s Promise Zone is made up of eight counties in southeastern KY which is part of Appalachia (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Perry, and six of the eight census tracts in Whitley County)

Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, a community development corporation is the lead entity on the project.
Overall poverty rate in the zone is 30.4%

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Healthcare National Marketing comes to Letcher Co

The SmileFaith Foundation is proud to introduce our partner, Healthcare National Marketing (HCNM), to the Central Appalachian Mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. HCNM was founded in Port Richey, Florida, as a call center environment enrolling citizens across the country into much needed health and dental care plans.  

Almost a year ago, the SmileFaith Foundation began investigating ways to further impact the economically depressed area of Southeastern Kentucky, as treating the dental and medical needs of the

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The Center for Rural Development's Promise Zone Partnership

The Promise Zone has benefited greatly from its partnership with the Center for Rural Development. How’s that you ask? First and foremost, the Center is leading the charge to bring high speed internet to all of Eastern Kentucky. In the negotiations of the Public Private Partnership is President and CEO, Lonnie Lawson, pushing the middle mile routes down The Hal Rogers Parkway past Manchester, Hyden and Hazard and on up to Prestonsburg. Then bringing another middle mile down 25E from Corbin to Barbourville and Pineville then turning north on 119 to Harlan to Cumberland/Benham and Lynch to Whitesburg and on up to Pikeville. The entire zone will be encircled by 2017. An estimated $10 million dollars of the $230 million budget will be spent in the Promise Zone.

The Center for Rural Development also prepares our future leaders by hosting summer camps called Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers and ELI, Entrepreneurism and Leadership Institute. This year, Youth Program Coordinator Delany Stephens hosted 10 Promise Zone 11th graders in the Rogers Scholars. Those students worked on their leadership skills, participated in a series of team-building exercises; received hands-on instructional training from professional experts in engineering, healthcare, and video production; and interacted with nationally recognized business leaders and entrepreneurs. The Rogers Explorers program is an intensive three-day, two-night program focused on cultivating skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service in which 37 Promise Zone 8th graders participated. And 6 Promise Zone high school students participated the intensive, weeklong ELI, program which focuses on developing creativity, teamwork, business and leadership skills. That’s fifty-three future Promise Zone leaders.

The Center also administrates the Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center which provides low or no cost, technology solutions to the small and rural law enforcement agencies around the nation that do not have the budget to obtain the latest technology, In 2015, the Center was able to purchase a deployment trailer and equipment for the Hazard Police Department. The equipment included computers, wireless cameras, satellite phones, satellite dish, radio and routers. The deployment trailer serves as a police station in the field.

In January, the Center produced a 30 second television commercial highlighting the first year anniversary of the Kentucky Highlands Promise Zone. They picked up the cost for airing that commercial on WKYT, WYMT, WBKO and the CW between January and mid-February.

KY Arts Council seeks folks for Peer Advisory Network

KENTUCKY ARTS COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

Oct.   21, 2015
Media Contact: Tom Musgrave
  Communications Director
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Kentucky Arts Council seeks applicants for Kentucky Peer Advisory Network consultations

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Musicians who come together to form a group are often overflowing with talent on stage, but when it comes to building their art as a business, Karen Jones of the Americana group TDH4 said some groups, including hers, come up short.“Folks who practice music and put an ensemble together may not be as clever on the business side,” she said.To address these and other needs among Kentucky’s artists and arts organizations, the Kentucky Arts Council offers the Kentucky Peer Advisory Network. The network consists of arts professionals in the Kentucky Peer Advisory Directory available to provide three- to six-hour consultancies to assist eligible organizations and individual artists with board development, grant writing, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, festival planning and other activities. Consultancy fees are paid by the arts council.For their marketing and promotion consultancy, TDH4 selected April Brumfield, managing director and founder of Brumfield & Associates, an agency that handles the careers and touring of a select group of artists. She is a former professor at Eastern Kentucky University, where she coordinated the music industry studies program for more than 10 years. Brumfield is

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