Kentucky

The City of Pikeville, Kentucky, is home to this 3-mile scenic horse trail.

Our Work in Kentucky

In partnership with the Kentucky Department for Local Government, ARC is supporting 51 projects in Kentucky totaling nearly $44.3 million in fiscal year 2019. These investments have been matched by $38.6 million and are attracting an additional $25.8 million in leveraged private investments in Kentucky. They are also creating or retaining more than 3,400 jobs, educating nearly 2,200 students and workers, and benefiting the 1.2 million residents in Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties.

State Partners

Governor:
Honorable Andy Beshear

Governor’s ARC Representative:
Dennis Keene, Commissioner
email: Dennis.Keene@ky.gov

Kentucky Department for Local Government
100 Airport Road, Third Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

ARC State Program Manager:
Scott Sharp, ARC Program Manager
email: scott.sharp@ky.gov

Kentucky Department for Local Government
100 Airport Road, Third Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
502.892.3476

Investment Priorities

In Fiscal Year 2019, ARC and the Kentucky Department for Local Government partnered on the following investments and projects.

Critical Infrastructure
$23.3M
invested in Kentucky’s critical infrastructure development, including broadband, transportation, and water/wastewater systems
Ready Workforce
$12.6M
invested to increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of Kentucky’s Appalachian residents to work and succeed
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Economic Opportunities
$4.9M
invested in entrepreneurial strategies to strengthen the economy in Appalachian Kentucky

Additional Priorities
$3.5M
invested to cultivate leadership and community capacity and leverage natural and cultural assets in Appalachian Kentucky

Investments in Action

Kentucky’s Lineman Training Programs

With ARC support, Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) Electrical Lineman & Fiber Optics Training Project purchased critical equipment to help former miners, veterans, and others prepare for in-demand jobs.

State Plans and Strategies

ARC’s current strategic plan is a blueprint for investments at the Regional level. Each of Appalachia’s 13 states develops a companion four-year plan and annual strategy statement outlining its funding priorities for ARC projects.

Fiscal Year 2021

County Economic Status

Every year, ARC applies an index-based classification system to compare each county in the Region with national averages to understand how counties are performing.


Counties in Appalachia

(54 out of 120 counties): Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe


Local Development Districts

Barren River Area Development District
Big Sandy Area Development District
Bluegrass Area Development District
Buffalo Trace Area Development District
Cumberland Valley Area Development District
FIVCO Area Development District
Gateway Area Development District
Kentucky River Area Development District
Lake Cumberland Area Development District, Inc.


State Links