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At The Center,
we change people's lives.

We help people feel safer through public safety initiatives; let people tap into their creative spirit through the arts; empower people through leadership education opportunities; and give people access to advanced technology.

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The Center for Rural Development strives to establish productive and prosperous communities.

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The Center for Rural Development fosters a culture of creativity throughout our region.


The Center for Rural Development is a catalyst for regional and statewide economic, local, and educational development.


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Upcoming Events

To access information on how to purchase tickets online for our public events; see our interactive monthly calendar with listings of daily events. You can find information and current schedule for our annual live performing arts series, and locate general information on our art exhibits that display in our lobby and first-floor areas.

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Public Safety

Public Safety
April 24, 2023

Get training you need to plan for an emergency in your community

In the event of a major disaster, emergency managers, first responders, and community leaders must work together to coordinate and facilitate an emergency plan. Thanks to the Rural Domestic Preparedness…

Arts & Culture

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January 4, 2024

Local Artist Drue Winsett holds Exhibition at the Center for Rural Development

See the boldly vibrant portraits painted by local Somerset artist: Drue Winsett on display now at The Center for Rural Development Gallery Hall. This exhibit features 13 uniquely alla prima…


December 13, 2023

2023 Insider magazine

See how we are changing the lives of young people in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Our latest edition of the Insider news magazine takes a look back at the 2023…


November 14, 2023

Broadband expansion announced for 16 KY counties

Ten years ago, The Center for Rural Development became the launching pad for broadband expansion in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Now, more households, businesses, and communities than ever before will…

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