The Center for Rural Development

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July 7, 2022


Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05), The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life for the citizens we serve. The Center also aspires to be the nationally recognized model for successful rural development.

The Center’s programs and services center around four Focus Areas: Public Safety, Arts & Culture, Leadership, and Technology. The Center also boasts a state-of-the-art meeting and convention facility.

While The Center’s programs largely serve residents in a 45-county primary service area in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, we are committed to constantly expanding our capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.

To learn more about us please visit our Impact Map — a comprehensive overview of programs, initiatives and projects within The Center’s four primary focus areas of Public Safety, Arts & Culture, Leadership and Technology.

You can also watch The Center’s overview video by clicking the “Play” button on the YouTube window at the bottom of this page.

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