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Local government officials interested in learning more about how to apply for mini-grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) can do so at two free informational sessions scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The Center for Rural Development in Somerset will be offering the sessions for city and county government leaders in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to learn more about the application process and how ARC mini-grants can be used for community strategic planning.

The first session will begin at 10 a.m. (EST) at The Center, located at 2292 South U.S. 27, in Somerset. The second will follow at 3 p.m. in Prestonsburg at the Big Sandy Area Development District, 110 Resource Court.

In 2010, The Center will award $145,000 in ARC mini-grant funding to communities in the region for either the successful creation of a strategic plan or the implementation of priority community development projects identified in existing strategic plans. The Center also is encouraging the use of technology solutions in the implementation and execution of these plans and projects.

The application period for the first round of 2010 mini-grant funding runs through Jan. 15.

For more information about either informational session, contact Amy Stroud, community liaison and sales associate for The Center, at 606-875-4565, or via e-mail at

The Center for Rural Development—the Center of Excellence for rural Kentucky and the nation—provides economic and community development programs to residents in a 42-county primary service area of Southern and Eastern Kentucky, and is home to several statewide and national technology-based programs. For more information on programs available through The Center, visit