University of Kentucky gets $1.46 million grant to revitalize coal communities

A $1.46 million grant awarded to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will help revitalize the downtowns of economically challenged southeastern Kentucky.

The funds are part of $38.8 million in federal grants awarded to 29 entities as part of an effort by POWER, Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization, to invigorate economic growth and opportunity in regions hit hard by the loss of coal-related jobs.

The Appalachian Regional Commission, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration announced the awards today.

The college’s Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, and the Department of Landscape Architecture, in partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and the Kentucky Main Street Program, will use the funds to support comprehensive downtown revitalization efforts in the Kentucky Promise Zone.

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