A new federal program could allow eight southeast Kentucky counties to attract more support in their fight against poverty. The program would create a so-called "Promise Zone." The designation could bring more federal money into the region and spawn additional partnerships between government agencies, social service groups and private employers. E-K-U President Michael Benson says his school will also be involved in the initiative.
“So we have a chance really unique to our campus, given our history in the region to in partnership with our cares program and some of the things we’re doing with SOAR, the shaping our Appalachian region, the summit that was held last month,” said Benson. The University of Kentucky and Berea College are also a part of the Promise Zone program. Governor Beshear alluded to the project during Tuesday night’s State of the Commonwealth address.