Beshear, Rogers announce funding for East Ky. projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers on Monday announced more than $9 million in federal funding for projects in 10 Eastern Kentucky counties.

Among the projects funded are:

  • $700,000 to the Pike County Fiscal Court for the installation of 3,000 feet of electric lines at the Wolfpit Industrial and Technology Park.
  • $750,000 to ARH to install a diagnostic CT scanner and mammogram equipment at Highlands ARH in Prestonsburg.
  • $2.5 million to Cold Storage LLC to build an agricultural cold storage facility in Martin County.
  • $1 million to the Cowan Community Action Group for farmers market pavilion improvements, expansion of the Cowan food service kitchen, and to equip a food truck.
  • $600,000 to the Knott County Water District for backup generators.
  • $280,000 to Hazard Community & Technical College for equipment purchases for the expansion of its lineman training program.
  • $1 million to Leslie County Fiscal Court to expand the Leslie County Recreational Facility by constructing a camping complex with 114 picnic tables, stationary grills and fire pit rings. Almost 70 RV pads will be constructed, as well as a 40,000-square-foot entertainment pavilion that will include an event stage, roadway and parking.
  • $600,000 to the City of Booneville for construction of cabins to allow for overnight accommodations at the Sag Hollow Golf Club.
  • $750,000 to KCEOC Community Action Partnership Inc. to purchase an existing 20,000-square-foot building on 10 acres in Knox County for a diesel mechanics shop and CDL test site. KCEOC will lease the facility to Southern Kentucky Community and Technical College, which will operate the training facility.
  • And $1 million to the City of Ashland to engineer and design a parking garage and convention center in downtown Ashland.

“When completed, these projects will help support local communities and spur economic growth in Martin, Letcher, Floyd, Leslie, Knox, Knott, Owsley, Boyd, Pike and Perry counties,” said Gov. Beshear. “This program has a proven record of creating jobs in Eastern Kentucky, and these grants are another solid building block to help us build a better Kentucky for all of our families.”

The projects are being funded by the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program.

“This grant program is creating jobs, advancing vital community projects and restoring hope in Eastern Kentucky. I am proud of what we have accomplished through these grants thus far and the ongoing work to meet the needs of our people,” said Congressman Rogers. “This program is a great example of how federal, state and local governments can work together to invest in projects that greatly benefit our communities across Southern and Eastern Kentucky.”

Since the AMLER program’s inception in 2016, 63 projects in 23 counties have been selected for the funding. The program has generated 143 jobs so far, including 83 new positions at the Dajcor aluminum extrusion project in Perry County and more than 258 workers trained at the East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) and at Hazard Community and Technical College. In addition, officials report a good volume of reservations being made at Impact Outdoors and the Prestonsburg-to-David Rails to Trails projects. Once completed, these 63 grantees are projected to have created more than 2,800 new jobs.  

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