10 awarded federal grants for rural development

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - Ten communities and organizations in southern and eastern Kentucky have been awarded a total of $87,150 in federal grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission for projects such as creating a historic district in Hindman and developing strategic plans for Menifee County, Brodhead and Jenkins.

Center for Rural Development President and CEO Lonnie Lawson presented the grants on Friday at an event attended by U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers. Rogers says leaders in the region have created plans for downtown revitalization, tourism marketing and economic development.

The recipients are Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky, Big Sandy Area Development District, the cities of Wayland and Jenkins, Letcher County Tourism and Convention Commission, Magoffin County Community Foundation, Owsley County Historical Society, Russell County Chamber of Commerce, Menifee County Community Development Group and Brodhead Alliance Committee.

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