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May 23, 2022

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Lawson Receives TVC’s Corridor Champion Award

Lonnie Lawson, President & CEO of The Center for Rural Development was recently awarded the Tennessee Valley Corridor’s Corridor Champion Award during the 2021 National Summit. The award is presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership advancing the objectives of the TVC through enhanced national visibility, contributing to economic development, developing advanced […]

The Federal Communications Commission Announces the Emergency Connectivity Fund

The Federal Communications Commission has announced the 45-day application filing window for schools and libraries to apply for funding through the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. What Equipment and Services Are Covered? Eligible equipment includes Wi-Fi hotspots, modems (including air cards), routers, devices that combine a […]

Jack “Goose” Givens Advocates Kentucky Broadband Initiative

    Visit the link below for a special video message from 1978 University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Champion Jack “Goose” Givens! Jack is advocating for the Kentucky Broadband Initiative and encouraging participation in the Kentucky Internet Speed Test. Internet access is now vital infrastructure in providing our students with a world-class education, no matter […]

Kentucky Broadband Initiative: Internet Speed Test

Kentucky Launches Free Statewide Wi-Fi Speed Test to Better Connect People to School, Business and Government Services Go to ewdc.ky.gov/Initiatives/Pages/KBI.aspx to participate Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman recently announced the launch of the Kentucky Broadband Speed Test, a crowd-sourcing project that will gather data from Kentuckians needed to expand internet home access for distance learning, telework […]

Harlan County woman receives COAL funding assistance

A single mother of three, Tara Hensley of Harlan County was struggling to make ends meet. Working at a fast-food restaurant was not paying the bills. She knew she had to turn her life around. Receiving training to improve her workforce skills, taking a college course, or looking for another job seemed beyond her reach. […]

Initiatives to Improve Broadband Across Kentucky

Kentuckians are utilizing technology more than ever as we turn to virtual methods of interacting with others in our daily lives. As our need for internet connectivity grows it is reassuring to know there are many exciting initiatives that are in motion to improve broadband across the state. During the recent 2020 SOAR Summit, a […]

Funding announced for Coal Impacted Skills Training Program

The Center for Rural Development has been awarded $300,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding for the Coal Impacted Skills Training (CIST) Program to provide training opportunities for displaced, unemployed, and underemployed individuals in 35 Kentucky counties impacted by the decline of the coal industry and COVID-19. The grant funding was announced on Monday by […]

The Center Hires Consultants to Enable Broadband Expansion in Southern and Eastern Kentucky

Over the decades The Center for Rural Development has demonstrated a track record of driving technology. In fact, The Center is actively working to promote and advance high-speed high-capacity broadband throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky. As the statewide KentuckyWired fiber middle-mile nears completion, The Center is dedicated to helping communities explore ways to become “last-mile […]

An Interview with Local Ballerina Eliana Spiro!

Recently, we had the privilege of interviewing local ballerina Eliana Spiro! Ms. Spiro is a gifted individual who has the unique honor of training with Ballet Magnificat, a world-renown professional dance company. Be sure to catch their upcoming ballet performance “Hiding Place” on Sunday, October 18th at 3 PM! Tickets available by calling The Center […]

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