Recap of Fall 2017 Downtown Revitalization Convening in Harlan
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Recap of Fall 2017 Downtown Revitalization Convening in Harlan

By Shane Barton, Downtown Revitalization Coordinator On Thursday, December 7th in Harlan, KY, the CEDIK Promise Zone Downtown Revitalization project hosted our quarterly convening of downtown stakeholders engaged in downtown revitalization efforts funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission.  These scheduled convenings provide a dedicated space and time for our downtown stakeholders and partner organizations to … Continue reading

Chalk and Talk: Next Time I Come to Whitesburg…
Main Street / Resources / Youth

Chalk and Talk: Next Time I Come to Whitesburg…

By Ryan Sandwick, CEDIK Community Design Specialist There is no better way to learn about a community than to immerse yourself in it, and this weekend CEDIK’s Community Design/Downtown Engagement team did just that in Whitesburg, Kentucky. If you were in Whitesburg you may have seen us there with our portable chalkboards and wondered what … Continue reading

YELP Transformed into Hogwarts Experience for Lexington Fifth Graders
Entrepreneurship / Youth

YELP Transformed into Hogwarts Experience for Lexington Fifth Graders

By Mercedes Maness, CEDIK Extension Intern The Youth Engagement Leadership Program (YELP) is a highly adaptable curriculum that has been introduced to rural and urban youth across the Commonwealth. In the case of the fifth grade students at William Wells Brown Elementary School, located in Lexington, Kentucky, they got a full day immersion into the … Continue reading

Resources

Renovating Property for its Next Economic Life

By Lori Garkovich, Professor, Department of Community and Leadership Development Jim Kirby, environmental scientist in the Division of Waste Management (Superfund Branch) and Amanda LeFevre, Assistant Director of the Division of Compliance Assistance are both in the Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP). They have an important message for Kentucky communities seeking to revitalize their local … Continue reading

Local Food

How does the local food system in Lexington, KY compare to other similar sized cities?

By Jairus Rossi, Assistant Research Professor, CEDIK There are many aspects to a local food economy. Local foods are distributed through various market channels and community food activities, as well as supported through an assortment of branding and promotional activities. Recent surveys of consumers in Lexington, KY were conducted parallel to a national survey on … Continue reading

Entrepreneurship / Small Businesses

Perception vs. Reality: Determining Local Government Support for Entrepreneurs

By Shaheer Burney, CEDIK Graduate Assistant A robust entrepreneurial environment is vital for the development of an economy. Startups and small businesses constitute an astonishingly high proportion of total economic activity in the United States. In 2014, establishments with less than 20 employees comprised about 85% of total establishments in Kentucky and about 86% of … Continue reading