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.