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June 22, 2018

Harlan County Community Impact

Public Safety

27 Mobile Data Computers installed
Total Dollars invested- $668,680

Arts & Culture

2006-07 Arts Education Programs
Green Hills Elementary – Jenny Wiley Theatre
180 students in attendance

2007-08 Arts Education Programs
Black Mountain Elementary School – Kentucky Chautauqua Presentation (Atta kul kulla), 77 students in attendance
Evarts Elementary School

2009 Arts Education Programs
Green Hills Elementary – Lexington Children’s Theatre play, “Keeping Mr. Lincoln,” 218 students attended

Kentucky Appalachian Craft Council Member:
Dorothy Disney (Poor Folk Arts and Crafts)

Poor Folks Arts & Crafts Guild


Developing and Implementing Community Strategies Program
2005 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) mini-grant
Benham/Harlan County – $10,000 (to develop and implement a portion of their strategic plan. They conducted a bottled water feasibility and marketing study.)

2010 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) mini-grants
Tri-Cities Heritage Development (Harlan County) – $8,000 (to create a sustainable business plan, create Web pages to introduce businesses to the community and develop an Internet presence, and conduct a technology needs assessment for the Tri-City area)

Tri-Cities Heritage Development (Harlan County) – $8,000 (to implement portions of a strategic plan, to create a community business guide and push “buy local” campaign in Tri-Cities area of Cumberland, Benham, and Lynch)

Harlan County Fiscal Court – $10,000 (to develop a strategic plan for Harlan County and to hire a consultant to help with development of  that plan)

2 grants totaling $43,660 were awarded to the following company:
Data Futures

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) program

2002 Award Recipients
Charleen Combs and Bob Harris – Data Futures Inc. of Harlan, KY

2014 Award Recipient
Start-Up Business
Greg Drury, owner, Harlan’s Coal Fired Pizza (dba The Portal), Harlan, KY

Youth Program Participants

Rogers Scholars
1998 – Jeremy Cooper, William Nolan
1999 – Jennifer Clem
2000 – Mark Ball, Erika Short
2001 – Miles Huff
2002 – Laura Johnson
2003 – Abigail Cavins
2004 – Jacob Day
2005 – Amanda Fisher
2006 – George Johnson
2007 – Kellianne Doan
2008 – Kellie White
2009 – Olivia Marsee
2010 – Hunter Middleton
2011 – Cara Middleton
2012 – Haley Cook
2013 – Jay Phillips
2014 – Jerry “Blake” Blevins
2015 – Jackson “Boone” Allison, Braydan Roark
2016 – Breanna Epperson, Bronwyn Haynes
2017 – Christopher Brown, Emersyn Noah

Rogers Explorers
2009 – Lauren Hensley
2012 – Kaitlin Jenkins
2013 – Rhett Alred, William Miller
2014 – Autumn Dunaway, Bronwyn Haynes
2015 – Andrew Brock, Garry Henson
2016 – Lauren Nunez, Mady Haynes, Ally Alred
2017 – Kiki Dean, Story Miller, Trinity Vance

Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute
2009 – Katie Ball
2013 – Blake Blevins
2015 – William “Mason” Miller
2016 – Chelsey Caldwell
2017 – Janice Dean, Ally Alred, Autumn Brock


CenterNET2 (Location / Contact:)
Southeast Community College (two sites)/ Dylan Frost (606)589-3092
Harlan County Community Learning Center/C.D. Morton (606)573-8700
Harlan County Southeast Community College/Chris Washington (606)589-3280

County Information

Cabinet for Economic Development Data Center – Harlan County
Kenucky’s 2010 Census Demographic Profiles (released May 5, 2011)


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