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December 3, 2016

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2016 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) graduating class

An innovative business idea that will give iPhone users a safe, convenient way to charge their phones at night has earned four graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) an exclusive college scholarship offer from Eastern Kentucky University. Grace Sink, 16, a student at Oneida Baptist Institute in Clay County; Carly […]

ELI team earns EKU scholarships

A plan for a tourism-based business drafted by five graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) program has earned each of these high school students an offer of a Presidential Scholarship from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. Winning team members in the 2013 ELI Business Concept Competition are Blake Blevins, Harlan […]

ELI students tour local plant

Members of the 2013 Class of Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) took a break from writing their business plans on Wednesday to tour Somerset Wood Products Inc. and see how a local manufacturing plant turns raw materials into quality hardwood flooring.

ELI team recognized

Members of the first-place winning team of The Center for Rural Development’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) Business Concept Competition were recognized on Sept. 10 at a luncheon and awards presentation for the region’s top small business owners and entrepreneurs at The Center in Somerset. “Jam Good” team members and high school students Savanna Noe, […]

Youth Programs Reunion

Graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, and Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) summer youth leadership programs are invited to join their friends for a day of fun, food, and football on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the 2012 Youth Programs Reunion.

Five ELI graduates earn scholarship offers

A plan for an innovative agritourism business drafted by five graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) has earned each of the high school students an offer of a Presidential Scholarship from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond.

The Center announces 2012 ELI Class

Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across Southern and Eastern Kentucky will have an opportunity this summer to grow their business and entrepreneurial skills at The Center for Rural Development’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) youth leadership program. The Center has selected 34 high school students from within its 42-county primary service area to […]

New youth programs coordinator

The Center for Rural Development has named University of Kentucky graduate Delaney Stephens of Somerset as youth programs coordinator and community liaison. Stephens, who has a background in public service and leadership, will coordinate The Center’s three summer youth leadership programs and serve a dual role as community liaison networking with government and community leaders […]

Support the region’s youth

Past student participants of The Center’s youth programs take to television airwaves.

Phillips will take on dual leadership role

The Center for Rural Development has announced that Emily Phillips will assume a dual leadership role in the organization. Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, announced this week that Phillips will serve as youth programs coordinator while continuing her current position as community liaison. Phillips will coordinate The Center’s three summer youth leadership […]

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