Eastern Kentucky

Experts Predict Eastern Ky Broadband Benefits Decades Away

Sep 18, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Government and business representatives are in Lexington this week for the Fiber for the New Economy Conference. Among the issues discussed at the meeting is the expansion of broadband into eastern Kentucky. Urban County Government Chief Information Officer Aldona Valicenti says local governments will pay a cost for the growth.  “And that last mile still will need additional investment and that will depend on what companies are willing to invest and what the cities can do in eastern Kentucky,” said Valicenti.


Kentucky's Department of Travel and Tourism is working to expand culinary tourism across the state.  Officials are launching the food focused website KentuckyCuisine.com. Department Spokeswoman Scottie Ellis says the goal is to get in on the front end of culinary tourism.  "You know food is a necessary part of everyday life, but it is a very big part of travel.  If you have a bad meal, it could ruin your entire experience," said Ellis.

From the December SOAR Summit (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) to Federal Promise Zones and recent efforts to improve internet connectivity and expand the Mountain Parkway, the region is on the minds of the governor and legislators at both the state and federal levels.

On this week's Eastern Standard, Economic Development in Eastern Kentucky.