A window to the world and a doorway to success for Southern and Eastern Kentucky, The Center for Rural Development is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is improving the quality of life for individuals in its forty-two county service region by providing leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions.
Kentucky Highlands was built on the basic premise that significant reduction in poverty in the area could not be achieved without economic growth. There were few job opportunities outside the local school systems, farms, and coal mines. Businesses that exported their products out of the area bringing new purchasing power to local markets were few. This led to a double challenge: (1) develop substantial businesses to produce job opportunities for citizens and 2) to develop or discover entrepreneurs who could lead the businesses.
The University of Kentucky will be one of the nation’s 20 best public research universities, an institution recognized world-wide for excellence in teaching, research, and service and a catalyst for intellectual, social, cultural, and economic development.
The Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute is a dynamic leadership program designed to stimulate small business start-ups and expansion within Kentucky’s tobacco-dependent communities. Institute Fellows are trained and nurtured as entrepreneurial leaders, advocates and coaches through seminars featuring the “best and brightest” in rural entrepreneurship and the completion of a national study tour. The Institute is expanding into the South Central Kentucky region for its 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 classes.
Founded in 1906, Eastern Kentucky University now offers 168 degree programs and serves over 16,000 students a year. But with small classes and an active campus life, we haven’t lost that small-college feel.
Founded in 1960, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is a public, comprehensive community and technical college under the governance of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).
Get online counseling at SCORE.org. SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. The SCORE Web site has hundreds of pages of small business-related content and allows visitors to ask a business question of a SCORE online counselor 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
(SKED) partners with community and business leaders across the Commonwealth and nation to develop new ways of improving the lives of residents in its 42-county service area. SKED provides business recruitment, financial services, small business technical assistance and develops regional projects geared to help businesses and entrepreneurs design and expand their dreams. The non-profit, community development financial institution celebrates 20 years of service to the region in 2006.
The Tennessee Valley Corridor, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization that is led by a blue-ribbon regional board of directors, and dedicated to promoting the Tennessee Valley Corridor as one of the nation’s premier science and technology centers, and to leveraging the Corridor’s world-class research institutions and technology assets for maximum regional economic development and new job creation.