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KCEOC's work in the PZ 2014

KCEOC, an implementing partner with the Promise Zone reported the following statistics for 2014

How many houses did you complete in the Promise Zone in 2014? 3

How many children were in Head Start and Early Head Start from the Promise Zone in 2014? 1,180

What were the gross sales of the Craft Village for 2014?  $21,442.55

How many craft workshops did you hold in the Promise Zone in 2014? 29 (Note- The number includes all workshops conducted by KCEOC including 17 job clubs, 10 empty bowl pottery, and 2 housing education.  The craft workshop closed in December 2014, no further reports will be made regarding this program; however, all other workshops conducted by KCEOC will be reported)

How much energy assistance did you distribute in the Promise Zone in 2014 and to how many people?  $276,280/41 Households

How much emergency fund assistance did you distribute in the Promise Zone in 2014 and to how many people? 792,184/3,752 Households

How many women from the Promise Zone were helped in 2014? 4,654 (Note- This is all females that we serve-ages 0 to 70+.  Our system doesn’t break it down by gender per age groups.  I could do a calculation to get an estimated number if you need me to)

How many Emergency Fund Service Volunteers did you have from the Promise Zone in 2014? 5,017 (includes all KCEOC volunteers)

Obama Proposes $1 billion Lifeline for Appalachia

Obama proposes $1 billion lifeline for parts of Appalachia where coal jobs have vanished

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.February 2, 2015 


Eastern Kentucky and other areas of Appalachia hit hard by a sharp drop in coal jobs could get a $1 billion lifeline under the budget proposal put forth Monday by President Barack Obama, though the budget faces difficult prospects in Congress.

The White House budget includes a proposal for the release of $1 billion from the abandoned mine land fund over five years for redevelopment projects aimed at improving the economy of distressed coal communities.

One example would be planting trees on old, non-productive sites that were surface-mined before 1977.

That work could create a significant number of jobs relatively quickly, while also restoring the environment and building the base for an improved wood-products industry in the long term, said Justin Maxson, president of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, who took part in a White House briefing on Obama's proposal.

"I think it's a huge opportunity for Appalachia," Maxson said of the budget proposal.

The White House said the budget also proposes $20 million in additional spending for programs such as training to help laid-off miners get back to work; an additional $25 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission to help entrepreneurs in areas affected by the wrenching transition in the coal economy; and $97 million in grants or loans for infrastructure projects calculated to create jobs in those areas.

In addition, the proposal would pump money into the United Mine Workers of America health and pension funds that are underfunded. The plans cover 100,000 mine workers or their families, many of them in Appalachia, according to the White House.

And finally, the proposal includes billions in tax credits to push the use of technology at coal-fired power plants to capture carbon-dioxide and store it underground or use it.

Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1

Corbin Livable Community

Eight Appalachian Communities Create “Livable Communities” Action Plans to Develop Local Food Systems

January 2015


Eight towns in the Appalachian Region have created action plans for developing and promoting local food systems through their participation in the Appalachian Livable Communities technical assistance program provided by ARC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The towns were selected inDecember 2013andApril 2014for the technical assistance program, which focused on the development of local food systems as a means of promoting economic diversification and the revitalization of traditional downtowns. Representatives from each town worked with small-town-development experts through the program to create achievable plans for the local production, distribution, and promotion of healthy foods.

The Appalachian Livable Communities partnership, launched in 2012, helps Appalachian small towns and rural communities improve their livability by promoting economic development while safeguarding the local landscape. The partnership is the model for therecently announcedfederal Local Foods, Local Places initiative, which aims to help communities create more livable places by promoting local foods. In December, eight Appalachian communities were selected through a Local Foods, Local Placesgrant competitionto receive technical assistance and implementation support to help them integrate local food systems into their economic development action plans.

The new Livable Communities action plans are available below. For more information, contact Ed Fendley in the EPA Office of Sustainable Communities atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Wilson Paine in the ARC Office of the Federal Co-Chair atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Broadband Announcement

Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office Governor Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers Launch Statewide Broadband Initiative, Beginning in Eastern Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 23, 2014  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson Terry Sebastian 502-564-2611  
Macquarie Capital chosen as private sector partner to design and develop statewide system

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new public-private partnership will develop a robust, reliable, fiber “backbone” infrastructure to bring high-speed Internet connectivity to every corner of the Commonwealth – with the critical first components scheduled to be operational in less than two years.

Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced the partnership with Macquarie Capital today.

“We are on an aggressive timeline and believe that the Macquarie team’s technical capabilities and history of innovative solutions are the best fit for this important project,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentucky’s Internet speed and accessibility have lagged behind the rest of the nation far too long. This partnership puts us on the path to propel the Commonwealth forward in education, economic development, health care, public safety and much more.”

This infrastructure project is unlike any other seen in Kentucky in the last 50 years. Broadband, now considered an essential utility service, will improve Kentucky’s dismal connectivity and slow speeds to some of the fastest and highest capacity service in the U.S. – all with the potential to lower consumer costs and improve coverage as well.

Just as important, this project will be paid for up front by leveraging private capital at no additional cost to Kentucky taxpayers.

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