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April 23, 2017

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Broadband project on track

Construction on a high-speed Internet service network is expected to start this August in Eastern Kentucky and then spread throughout the state. Macquarie Capital, an Australian company, is heading a group of companies to design and build the fiber optic network. Macquarie will operate the system over a 30-year contract, but the state of Kentucky […]

VC Services Connect You – Learn How

Utilizing the latest advances in technology, The Center for Rural Development is your state-of-the art technology hub for Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Crystal-clear, high definition videoconferencing is available throughout the building and can be accessed from the five modular Ballrooms, two spacious Exhibit Halls, 760-seat state-of-the-art theatre, training room and board rooms. Whether you’re a […]

The Center to help lead efforts for high-speed broadband expansion in eastern KY

Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers and Governor Steve Beshear have announced plans for the Next Generation Kentucky Information Highway project, providing critically needed high-speed broadband Internet access to the Commonwealth.  The project is estimated to cost $100 million, and could take up to three years to build nearly 3,000 miles of fiber infrastructure, which is often […]

Receive school safety training

Thanks to a series of FREE school safety training videos made available by the Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center (SRTB-RC), rural first responders across the United States are receiving the training they need to know how to prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident.

Holocaust survivor’s story

Most high school students have read about the Holocaust. But it’s not every day students get to meet a Holocaust survivor and learn first-hand about one? of history’s darkest moments.

New ARDPI promotional video

The Appalachian Rural Development Philanthropy Initiative (ARDPI) has released a promotional video that will bring increased awareness to the value of community foundations in Eastern Kentucky Appalachian region.

iPad and iPhone training

If you want to know more about Apple’s iPad or iPhone, or just want to make sure you are getting the maximum use from these mobile devices, The Center for Rural Development is hosting a one-day-only introductory training class on Oct. 29 to help get you up to speed on some of today’s hottest, cutting-edge mobile communication tools.

New redesigned website

Educators, parents, students, and business and community leaders in Southern and Eastern Kentucky now have a new Internet presence—and expanded social media platforms—to keep up with what’s going on in education throughout the region. Forward in the Fifth, an affiliate of The Center for Rural Development, has launched a redesigned interactive website,, that highlights […]

Lawson joins Summit panel

The two-day Tennessee Valley Corridor National Technology Summit wrapped up on Thursday at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset with a panel discussion on “Connecting the Valley for New Job Creation,” featuring guest panelist Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center. Lawson joined co-panelists Greg Jones, executive director of Southeast Kentucky Economic Development […]

Rogers opens technology summit

U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) welcomed government, educational, and energy leaders to Southeastern Kentucky today for the opening session of the Tennessee Valley Corridor National Technology Summit. The Summit, which focuses on “Promoting America’s Energy Security,” is being held Wednesday and Thursday at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Taking the podium to […]

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