Letcher and Pike counties have been allocated $300,000 in multicounty severance tax money from the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) to complete a comprehensive economic development study of the construction of U.S. 460. Gov. Steve Beshear said the flat land can be developed for housing, industrial development and tourism. Pictured at a check presentation ceremony on September 20 in Elkhorn City are from left are Elkhorn City Mayor Mike Taylor, Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward, Pike County Judge/Executive Wayne T. Rutherford, Gov. Steve Beshear, Rep. Leslie Combs and District 12 Highway Chief Engineer Pam Holbrook.