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Knox County Chamber Banquet 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Union College Student Center, Upstairs

5:30 Reception, Provided by Commercial Bank, Barbourville

6:00 P.M. Dinner

Honoring Ray Canadyas

Knox County Chamber 2015 Man of the Year


Claudia Gibson Greenwood as

Knox County Chamber 2015 Woman of the Year

Speaker: Mike Mills, “Tales of Knox County”

No Silent Auction This Year

Contact Claudia at 546-9515 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Reservations ($50 for Individuals or $300/Table of 7-

Cash/Check Only at Door)

AT&T Commits to Rural Broadband

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Reflecting the company's long-standing commitment to deploying high-speed Internet access in urban and rural areas across the Commonwealth, AT&T has committed to extend broadband to more than 84,000 rural homes and businesses inKentuckyover the next six years.

"It is exciting to announce that AT&T inKentuckywill accept more than$30 millionannually over the next six years to supplement the expansion of high-speed Internet service to more than 84,000 rural homes and businesses across the Commonwealth," said Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky. "AT&T has been investing in our innovative networks in urban and rural areas across the Commonwealth for more than 135 years, and we are pleased to participate in this program to continue bringing high-speed

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$6 Million in Federal Grants

Kentucky Receives $6 Million in Federal Grants; Portion of   Funding to Support E-Commerce Opportunities, Training for Broadband

Grants support   mission of SOAR to create trained workforce, jobs

SOMERSET, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2015) – Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) today joined federal leaders to announce $6 million in federal grants to improved economic development goals and job creation in eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky received $3.8 million in federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant as part of the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative. Other funding sources include a $2 million Employment and Training federal grant and $225,000 in ARC grants.  The projects and funding sources include: • The Kentucky Cabinet for Finance and Administration received a $1 million EDA grant for the “Unleashing the POWER of the I-Way” to help businesses and communities in eastern Kentucky “unleash” the power of e-commerce. The project is also supported by a $2 million Employment and Training federal grant and a $75,000 ARC grant. The grants support the mission adopted by the Shaping Our Appalachian Region through its 2-year planning efforts. Gov. Beshear and Congressman Rogers created SOAR in 2013.• $468,635 EDA grant to the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development for food chain supply development in eastern Kentucky. ARC is also awarding $75,000 to this project.• $200,000 EDA grant to Appalshop Inc. in Kentucky for Mines to Minds: The Southeast Kentucky High Tech Workforce Certificate Project. ARC is also awarding $75,000 to this project.• $100,000 EDA grant to Perry County Fiscal Court in Kentucky for the Southeastern Kentucky Economic HUB Opportunities Diversification Implementation Project• $1.2 million EDA grant to WestCare Substance Abuse Treatment in Kentucky for the WestCare Kentucky Economic Development Project at the Judy Patton Center• $300,000 EDA grant to the International Economic Development Council Inc., in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee for the IEDC Rural Development Institute for Coal CommunitiesAs part of the POWER Initiative, EDA also awarded funds to the eastern Kentucky region for the creation of regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts. These projects include:• $80,000 to the Kentucky River Area Development District to fund a leakage analysis that will provide the necessary first look by the Area Development Districts into what businesses exist in the 26 county regions.• $100,000 to Berea College in Kentucky to support the Promise Zone efforts to develop a collective impact strategy to fully engage Opportunity Youth in the work of economic transition.• $274,500 to the Big Sandy Area Development District in Kentucky to conduct RLF marketing, cluster/sector strategies development, resource/network development, entrepreneurial service provider networking/coordination.KentuckyWired or the I-WAYJay Williams, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, announced the EDA funding at the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Annual Conference in Somerset to Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Rogers, who are co-chairs of SOAR.ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl also announced the ARC funded grants. The broadband project, KentuckyWired or the I-WAY, will begin in eastern Kentucky and over the next three years will spread throughout the state. The benefits of broadband will break down geographic and financial barriers to education and economic development by providing access to affordable, high-quality Internet service to connect Kentuckians to the world.“These federal dollars will help strengthen our workforce and continue our commitment to eastern Kentucky to bring quality jobs through SOAR and ARC,” Gov. Beshear said. “Bringing broadband to our communities is not enough. Our team will help entrepreneurs and businesses to better understand how to take advantage of new market opportunities, encourage citizens to develop essential digital skills and consult with communities on what their role is in getting fiber to homes and businesses.”“Thanks to the collaboration of our federal partners, our local communities are one step closer to bringing dream projects to fruition,” said Congressman Rogers. “We know there isn't a silver bullet to overcome the many challenges we face in the Appalachian region, but with continued collaboration of resources and ingenuity, the future is much brighter for the people who want to live and work here at home.”“These Federal investments provide critical leverage for local leaders to make things happen in Appalachian communities.” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl. “Initiatives like these build the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem and contribute to making Appalachia the next great investment opportunity in America.” “The POWER initiative is a demonstration of this Administration’s continued commitment to breaking down silos within the federal government, enabling federal dollars to have a greater impact,” said Assistant Secretary Williams. “EDA is proud to lead this initiative with our federal partners and look forward to seeing the results of these investments in coal communities across the nation.”E-commerce training for businesses and entrepreneurs; community fiber readiness consulting and support services; and broadband promotion, adoption, and awareness are all strategic goals and action items of SOAR. The project will create “E-teams” to assist industry clusters as identified in the SOAR regional plan with a broadband implementation strategy tied to improved economic development goals and job creation. E-Commerce training and community fiber readiness consulting and support services will be offered in targeted sectors for established companies and entrepreneurial endeavors and to help the community prepare for the new IT infrastructure. E-Teams will work with industry partnerships, individual companies and entrepreneurs to improve their marketing, product development, production efficiency and process improvement, and bring new jobs to the region. The project will invest in local Community Internet Access Centers. At these centers, Kentuckians will be able to access computers, the Internet and other digital technologies that enable them to gather information, create, learn, and communicate with others while they develop essential digital skills. The project partners will work with KCTCS, other trainers and outside consultants to help companies, entrepreneurs and communities in eastern Kentucky engage quickly, effectively and efficiently with expanded broadband services and capabilities to stimulate new business development, job creation, international competitiveness, and regional entrepreneurism.

New tuition program at Union College to Focus on SEKY students

New tuition program at Union College to focus on southeast Kentucky students

Published on
October 01, 2015

New tuition program at Union College to focus on southeast Kentucky studentsUnion College recently established a grant program which could make college much more affordable for students in the local service area.

Union announced the Southeastern Kentucky Grant, a tuition assistance program which will be available to students beginning in the fall of 2016. The new program was unveiled to high school guidance counselors during a conference with Union’s financial aid and admissions personnel.

“There is this perception among some students in our service area that Union is not affordable, but that is far from the case,” said Craig Grooms, Senior Director of Undergraduate Enrollment. “Our goal here is to help students get tuition covered and begin their college career with one big step forward.”

The Southeastern Kentucky Grant is being made available to students in Union’s primary service area, which includes the counties of Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Laurel and Whitley. All high school seniors planning for fall 2016 admission are eligible for the program.

To be eligible, students must:

  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum ACT of 17
  • have their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completed by January 30
  • and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) must be between $0 and $1,000.

Students that meet the criteria will work with financial aid counselors to finalize their tuition obligations. The students’ Pell grant, state grants, KEES funding and subsidized loan funds will be allocated toward Union’s $24,000 a year tuition. Any amount not covered by those state and federal assistance programs will be directly covered by Union and the Southeastern Kentucky Grant.

“If a student applies by the end of January and our financial aid counselors can get their state and federal tuition funds locked in, Union will make sure that student gets the remainder of their tuition covered,” Grooms said. 

Union has other tuition programs aimed at helping students get all of their tuition costs covered. Institutional scholarships are awarded in amounts up to $14,000 per year based on the student’s academic achievements at the high school level. TheU|GRAD scholarshiprewards students for their academic standing and service involvement while at Union, allowing the most dedicated students a waiver for free tuition during their final semester. Scholarships are also available to students for their participation in service and fine arts programs.

In 2014, Union awarded institutional aid to 100 percent of its students. The average scholarship award amounted to $22,498.

“The programs established at Union have the potential to create a great amount of impact for students and their families,” Grooms added. “Instead of giving other schools consideration, they will be able to think twice about Union, get tuition covered and begin their education.”

To learn more, visitwww.unionky.edu/scholarshipsor contact the financial aid office at 606.546.1223. 



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