Special to the Mountain Advocate
In its first year, Kentucky’s Promise Zone has hired a coordinator, created a strategic plan, established six working committees and conducted meetings in each of the eight Southeastern Kentucky counties in the zone.
In addition, programs in Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and part of Whitley – which comprise the federal Promise Zone — have attracted more than $109 million in funding. Investments already are being made in areas such as education; medical facilities; college and career readiness; online information technology degree and certificate programs; workforce training; health and anti-drug initiatives; and housing and energy-efficiency projects.
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