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Hazard and Barbourville Awarded Local Foods/Local Places

Obama Administration Selects 26 Communities to Develop Local Food Projects, Encourage
Economic Expansion Local Foods, Local Places Initiative encourages creative economic development in 26
communities in 19 states

WASHINGTON --

Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to
announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Please, a
federal initiative providing technical support, to integrate local food systems
into community economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of
agricultural, transportation, environmental, public health and regional
economic experts will work directly with the communities to develop specifically
identified local food projects. Project proposals include repurposing vacant
land into local food production, developing year-round retail markets for local
food products, and establishing food hubs to increase local food supply chains.

USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Affairs Doug O'Brien and Appalachian Regional Commission
(ARC) Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl made the announcement in Wheeling, W.Va.
Wheeling will receive Local Foods, Local Places support to transition the

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Promise Zone Federal Partners Meeting

On November 18th and 19th, Federal Partners for agencies offering Promise Zone priority points drove to Williamsburg's Cumberland Inn to meet with The Kentucky Highland's Promise Zone's Advisory Committee, Partners and Public.  This historic event was the brain child of Kentucky USDA Rural Development Director, Tom Fern.  A listing of attendees is found below the photographs.

Tom Fern pic

 

Fed Partners

Sandi Curd KHIC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jerry Rickett  KHIC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stephen Taylor KHIC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sara Jane Smallwood Choctaw Nation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Josh Riley Choctaw Nation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carlos Cameron Cong. Rogers' Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Peggy Satterly KY Dept for Local Gov't This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Benjamin Siegel DOL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Margaret Garvey Corp National & Community Service This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rosie Mangual HHS This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Ralph Ross SBA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dan Neff ARC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Denise Wainscott Union College This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lonnie Riley Meridzo Center, Inc. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bo Green Green Construction This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tom Manning-Beavin Southern Tier Housing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bill Schutters KHIC Center This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Richard Foley KHIC Corporation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ron Daley Perry Co/Race to Top This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tom Fern USDA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kristen Grifka USDA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tim McNeilly USDA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Vernon Brown USDA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Jeff Jones USDA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark Mason USDA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clay McKnight USDA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reed Cripps USDA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Redman USDA - Oklahoma This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brett Traver SKED This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Debbie Trusty UNITE This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mike Stanley Grace Community This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Becky Miller KCEOC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paul Wright MACED This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dreama Gentry Berea College This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shirlene Taylor Cumberland WIA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scott McReynolds Housing Development Alliance This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seth Long HOMES This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Larry Combs Center for Rural Development This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vic Adams SECTC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Martin Richards Community Farm Alliance This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Nola Sizemore's City looks to Redevelop

Kentucky Brownfields offers help Last updated: November 14. 2014 2:53PM - 1174 Views

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Nola Sizemore | Daily EnterpriseChad Carter, with Kentucky Brownfields Redevelopment and Real Estate in Lexington, attended a meeting of the Tri-Cities Heritage Development Corporation on Wednesday where he offered his help in ways to use abandoned or under-utilized commercial property for commercial investment and redevelopment in the Tri-City area.

Looking for ways to use abandoned or under-utilized commercial property for commercial investment and redevelopment, members of the Tri-Cities Heritage Development Corporation (TCHDC) heard from Chad Carter, with Kentucky Brownfields Redevelopment and Real Estate in Lexington, during a meeting held on Wednesday.

Carter told members of the TCHDC he would like to see a documentary done highlighting buildings and facilities available for investors who might want to relocate to the Tri-City area, along with showcasing the positive aspects of the region.

"We will see if there are funds available through the Promise Zone to pay for costs of preparing this video," said Carter. "We want to present the documentary as a basis to preserve the way of life, but use technology to integrate future endeavors. I've been studying coal trends, and this may not be a surprise to any of you all, but it's not that coal is necessarily dead, it's just that it's so much cheaper to produce elsewhere. It's $12 a ton less in western Kentucky than in eastern Kentucky and $45 per ton less in Wyoming.

"Accepting that coal is probably not going to be something that can be reclaimed for positive use is something we'd like to work with the coal mines to come up collectively with a plan."

Carter also expressed an interest in the old Cumberland High School building saying he felt it would be a great building for an assisted living facility, which would in turn create jobs for the county.

"We could work with Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College and their nursing program...we think that could be the start of something positive," said Carter. "This is something that has been kicked around and the state is interested in this. We think this building might have possibilities for something like this. Locating the funds for the retrofit on it might be available through some private and public investments we believe."

Carter said using the building "for educational purposes" might attract more funding.

Cumberland Mayor Carolyn Elliott told Carter she feels the old Cumberland High School building is "much too large" for this type of project and a smaller building would be better for an assisted living facility.

"We already have nursing homes here in Cumberland and in Harlan and we have the Laurels in Harlan, which is assisted living," said Elliott. "I agree with David (Kennedy) the old high school would be better as a multi-purpose building and part of it could be used for assisted living. It's a real big building."

Carter added the old Victory Road Christian School building was also being considered, along with the high school, for an assisted living facility.

He encouraged everyone to pick out projects they'd like to work toward and get that list to him. He added there needs to be some "youth" input also.

"We can help get the word out for you," said Carter. "We can help get exposure to the area. We can help get entrepreneurs to the area. We really need, collectively, for the entire area to be on the same page as what fits for all."

He assured those in attendance that buildings will only be renovated when an investor is found for the site. Adding the county needs to work as an urban county government and needs to consider a wet vote countywide to lure restaurants and other businesses to the area.

He also recommended a Tri-City Facebook page for entrepreneurs, using Twitter and Instagram and a blog as a means of showcasing the area.

"In beginning to establish those resources is a way to build this up," said Carter.

Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510 or on Twitter @Nola_hde

  

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