FRANKFORT, Ky. – On behalf of Governor Ernie Fletcher, Public Service Commission Chairman Mark David Goss Thursday presented funding for streetscape improvements in downtown Harlan. Goss also announced funding for the local Boys and Girls Club.
“These are outstanding projects that will beautify downtown Harlan and give our children a safe place to learn and grow,” said Governor Fletcher. “It’s important for our children to envision a bright future in their hometown. Improving the physical landscape and providing them child care that offers education and enrichment opportunities, while allowing their parents to work or attend school, is an important part of reaching that goal.”
Goss presented the citizens of the City of Harlan with a $240,000 Transportation Enhancement Funding (TE-21) ceremonial check for streetscape upgrades. The funding will complete the second phase of the sidewalk replacement and street light construction project along Main Street.
The streetscape improvements will offer pedestrians a safe and inviting atmosphere as they walk through downtown. The improvements will also help spur new business development in the downtown area.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has awarded nearly $20 million in TE-21 funding since June 2006.
$75,000 Announced for Equipment and Supplies for Boys and Girls Club
Goss also announced a $75,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to the City of Harlan to purchase equipment and supplies for the recently constructed Cawood Ledford Boys and Girls Club facility. The Boys and Girls Club will offer professional child care and provide a broad range of programs to promote the health and safety of children.
“I’d like to thank the members of the congressional delegation for continuing to support funding for ARC, which funds such an important project in eastern Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher. “This grant provides hope and opportunity for a better future in this region and will brighten the future for generations to come.”
The grant will be used to purchase equipment and curriculum materials that will promote the core areas of health and life skills, leadership and character development, education and career development, the arts, fitness and recreation. The equipment will be used in the technology lab, education lab, arts center and the fitness and recreation room.
The Cawood Ledford Clubhouse is the only youth development facility in Harlan County and serves as a home away from home for children after school and during the summer months.
It provides career development, drug prevention and character altering programs to help alleviate poverty and curtail drug abuse in Harlan County. The Clubhouse also provides child care for parents working and pursuing educational opportunities.
ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to the Governor’s Office for Local Development.