Lexingon, KY, Oct 25, 2012 -- Contact: Katherine Belcher
Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association Awarded Rural Development Grant Funds
LEXINGTON, October 30, 2012 – State Director Tom Fern has announced an economic development grant for TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY).
The Somerset-based organization was selected to receive $44,313 to provide business planning skills for current entrepreneurs operating businesses, thinking of starting a business and has a business idea, or wants to become an entrepreneur.
The funding was made available through USDA’s Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program. The primary objective of the RBOG program is to promote sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
“This award to TOUR SEKY illustrates the important impact that economic development assistance can have on small towns and rural communities,” Fern said. “USDA is committed to helping small, rural businesses grow and providing the technical support needed to create jobs.”
TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) is a non-profit tourism marketing organization created in 1987 by Kentucky’s 5th District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers. The organization’s mission is to educate, expand, develop and market the existing and potential tourism industry throughout southern and eastern Kentucky, while contributing to the economic, cultural growth, health and awareness and overall quality of life of the region.
“Tourism involves so much more than just promoting our attractions. Training is a valuable tool that we can provide to our regional tourism entrepreneurs to help them succeed,” said Jeff Crowe, TOUR SEKY President/CEO.
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