FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ / Press Release) – Governor Andy Beshear and U.S. Representative Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) have announced $ 9.18 million in funding under the Abandoned Mine (AMLER) program. Land Economic Revitalization) for economic development projects in 10 Eastern European countries. counties of Kentucky.
“When completed, these projects will help support local communities and spur economic growth in Martin, Letcher, Floyd, Leslie, Knox, Knott, Owsley, Boyd, Pike and Perry counties,” Governor Beshear said. “This program has a proven track record of creating jobs in Eastern Kentucky, and these grants are another solid piece in helping us build a better Kentucky for all of our families. “
Congressman Rogers, along with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has defended $ 665 million in federal funding for the AMLER program since 2016, of which $ 140 million has been allocated to Kentucky.
“This grant program creates jobs, advances vital community projects and brings hope to eastern Kentucky. I am proud of what we have achieved so far with these grants and the work underway to meet the needs of our people, ”said Congressman Rogers. “This program is a great example of how federal, state and local governments can work together to invest in projects that greatly benefit our communities in southern and eastern Kentucky.”
Cabinet Secretary of Energy and Environment Rebecca Goodman selected the projects for initial review by the United States Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). More than 70 applications for funding in 2021 were received by the abandoned mining lands division of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC).
Projects selected for funding include:
- Cold Storage LLC has been awarded $ 2.5 million for the construction of an agricultural cold storage facility in Martin County, in which an existing underutilized building will be converted to a commercial refrigerated facility to store apples until ‘one year after picking.
- Cowan Community Action Group Inc. received $ 1 million to equip the Farmers Market Pavilion with cold storage, commercial equipment, washrooms, office and stage, and to expand the food service kitchen Cowan as well as to equip a food truck.
- Appalachian Regional Healthcare received $ 750,000 to equip Highlands ARH Medical Center in Prestonsburg with a diagnostic CT scanner and mammography equipment.
- The Leslie County Tax Court was awarded $ 1 million to expand the Leslie County recreation facility by building a camping complex with 114 picnic tables, stationary grills and fire pits. Nearly 70 RV parks will be built, as well as a 40,000 square foot entertainment pavilion that will include an event stage, pavement and parking lot.
- The Town of Booneville received $ 600,000 to build cabins for overnight stays at the Sag Hollow Golf Club.
- KCEOC Community Action Partnership Inc. received $ 750,000 to purchase an existing 20,000 square foot 10 acre building in Knox County for a diesel mechanic shop and CDL test site. KCEOC will lease the facility to Southern Kentucky Community and Technical College, which will operate the training center.
- The city of Ashland received $ 1 million for the engineering and design of a parking lot and convention center in downtown Ashland.
- The Pike County Tax Court was awarded $ 700,000 to install 3,000 feet of power lines in the Wolfpit Industrial and Technology Park.
- The Knott County Water District received $ 600,000 to purchase two back-up generators for the system that produces water for three counties, serving 7,000 citizens.
- Hazard Community & Technical College received $ 280,000 for the purchase of equipment for the expansion of its lineman training program.
“These grants are in high demand and provide the kind of job growth and economic stimulus that we hoped this funding program would produce,” Secretary Goodman said. “We are delighted to have helped launch these projects. “
AMLER grants are available for projects in 54 Appalachian counties in Kentucky with historic coal mining sites that have the potential to create long-term economic benefits.
Since the inception of the AMLER program in 2016, 63 projects in 23 counties have been selected for funding. The program has generated 143 jobs to date, including 83 new positions at the Dajcor aluminum extrusion project in Perry County and more than 258 workers trained at the East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) and Hazard Community and Technical College. In addition, managers report a good volume of bookings made to Impact Outdoors and the Rails to Trails projects from Prestonsburg to David. When completed, these 63 beneficiaries are expected to have created more than 2,800 new jobs.
You can find information on the AMLER program at AMLER or by contacting Justin Adams, Director, Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, KY 40601. Adams’s office phone number is 502-782-6761, or he can be reached by email Justin.Adams@ky.gov.