The Art of Working with Others – Using Art to Enhance Health Coalitions and Their Work
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The Art of Working with Others – Using Art to Enhance Health Coalitions and Their Work

By Melody Nall, CEDIK Engagement Director “Music therapy”, “Art therapy”, “Arts and Healing” are terms most are familiar with in the healthcare field. However, how often do we think of using art as a conversation starter with community health coalitions or with the general community that coalitions are trying to reach? Utilizing art as a … Continue reading

Five Eastern Kentucky Communities Receive Mini-Grants to Spark Engagement and Investment in their Downtowns
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Five Eastern Kentucky Communities Receive Mini-Grants to Spark Engagement and Investment in their Downtowns

By Shane Barton, CEDIK Downtown Revitalization Coordinator Five communities in eastern Kentucky are receiving mini-grants to invest in their downtown revitalization strategies as part of the work of the Promise Zone Downtown Revitalization POWER grant awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission. The lead entity, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment’s … Continue reading

Midterm Update – Summer Intern Project in Manchester, Kentucky
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Midterm Update – Summer Intern Project in Manchester, Kentucky

By Ryan Sandwick, CEDIK Community Design Specialist This summer CEDIK is leading a multi-disciplinary intern cohort in Manchester, Kentucky to complete a downtown plan that will serve as a foundation for future revitalization efforts. Last month we wrote a blog announcing the project, and now we’d love to share a midterm update with y’all. The … Continue reading

Looking for a New Perspective on Your Community? Try First Impressions.
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Looking for a New Perspective on Your Community? Try First Impressions.

By Mercedes Maness It’s a New Year, is your community looking for a new perspective? The First Impressions program is all about gaining a new viewpoint.   First Impressions Program understands the importance of fresh eyes on a project. First-time visitors are an underused resource in determining the strengths and weaknesses of a community. Trained … Continue reading

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

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BIG Skies, BOLD Partnerships

Early in June, members of the CEDIK team presented on research and outreach outcomes at the joint conference of the Community Development Society, CDS, and the National Association for Community Development Extension Professionals, NACDEP.  The “BIG Skies, BOLD Partnerships; Moving Mountains Together” Conference united two community development associations to engage 300 participants to sharing, learning, … Continue reading

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Local Food and Creative Small Business Development Transforms the Bluegrass Region

By Jairus Rossi, Assistant Research Professor with CEDIK The local food scene in Lexington, Kentucky and surrounding areas is growing rapidly. It is not uncommon to see the names of farms and local products prominently displayed in food trucks, restaurants, and grocery stores. When researchers at CEDIK conducted a local food demand assessment in late … Continue reading