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County tourism commission receives grant




TOURISM GRANT — Dr. David Narramore (second from left) chairman of Letcher County Convention and Tourism Commission and a member of The Center for Rural Development’s full board of directors, accepts $8,800 in federal grant funding on behalf of Letcher County Convention and Tourism Commission. The purpose of the grant is to advance planning efforts in the region as part of the latest round of Appalachian Regional Commission mini-grants presented by The Center for Rural Development’s Developing and Implementing Community Strategies Program. Making the presentation are Peggy Satterly (left), Kentucky ARC program director; U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) (third from left), and Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center. The award was presented Feb. 8, at a planning summit at The Center in Somerset.

TOURISM GRANT — Dr. David Narramore (second from left) chairman of Letcher County Convention and Tourism Commission and a member of The Center for Rural Development’s full board of directors, accepts $8,800 in federal grant funding on behalf of Letcher County Convention and Tourism Commission. The purpose of the grant is to advance planning efforts in the region as part of the latest round of Appalachian Regional Commission mini-grants presented by The Center for Rural Development’s Developing and Implementing Community Strategies Program. Making the presentation are Peggy Satterly (left), Kentucky ARC program director; U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) (third from left), and Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center. The award was presented Feb. 8, at a planning summit at The Center in Somerset.

The Letcher County Convention and Tourism Commission has been awarded $8,800 in federal grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to advance strategic planning efforts in the region as part of the latest round of grants presented by The Center for Rural Development.

U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, announced the grant recipients and presented $54,800 in mini-grants to six southern and eastern Kentucky communities and organizations at a strategic planning and awards ceremony held Feb. 8 at The Center in Somerset.

Other recipients include: Tri-Cities Heritage Development in Harlan County; City of Prestonsburg; Wayne County Fiscal Court; City of Stanford; and Harlan County Fiscal Court.

Funds can be used for either the creation of a strategic plan or the implementation of priority community development projects identified in existing plans. All projects must be completed within a six-month period.

The Letcher County Convention and Tourism Commission will use its grant funding to implement a website, to develop a tourism video to be used on that website, and for planning.

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