The City of Jenkins has been given a $9,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) mini-grant to advance strategic planning efforts in the region as part of the latest round of grant funding presented by The Center for Rural Development.
The city will use the grant funding to hire a consultant to assist with the design of a lakewalk around Elkhorn Lake and to incorporate key features of the proposed recreation center and its proximity to Gateway Trail.
The latest ARC grant recipients were announced March 28 by Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, at an ARC Summit and awards ceremony at The Center in Somerset.
The City of Jenkins is one of 10 communities and organizations in southern and eastern Kentucky to be given funding through The Center’s Developing and Implementing Community Strategies Program.
“This ARC seed funding is vital to helping our small communities ‘plan their work and work their plan,’ through a challenging economy,” said U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, KY-05, guest speaker at the ARC Summit. “Our communities are working hard to make improvements and create vision, and this funding provides the kick-start they need to move forward. I commend The Center, the ARC and our local leaders for working together to make southern and eastern Kentucky a better place to live.”
Funds can be used for either the successful creation of a strategic plan or the implementation of priority community development projects identified in existing strategic plans. All projects must be completed within a six-month period.
“This funding will assist these communities in developing or furthering plans and strategies that will help fuel positive and tangible economic and community development activity in our region for years to come,” Lawson said.
Since 2005, The Center has awarded more than $577,000 in ARC mini-grant funding to communities or organizations in 21 counties across southern and eastern Kentucky for strategic planning efforts.