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KFTC members welcome President Obama’s designation of a portion of eastern Kentucky as a Promise Zone

Investment is one important part to building a bright future for the region
January 9, 2014

The designation of some eastern Kentucky counties as a Promise Zone is encourarging, and recognizes that government investment are among the resources that can help build a brighter future for the region.


Groups challenge U.S. EPA decision allowing Kentucky officials to gut clean water protections from selenium pollution

New Guidelines for Coal Mining Pollutant Fail to Protect Waterways and Wildlife
December 13, 2013

KFTC and other community and environmental groups have taken action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a recent decision allowing Kentucky to weaken its water quality protections for selenium, a pollutant common to mountaintop removal coal mines.

Open Letter Offers Principle and Policy Suggestions for Shaping Eastern Kentucky’s Future

December 3, 2013

Hopeful about the future, and in anticipation of the S.O.A.R. summit next week, some eastern Kentucky residents have offered suggestions for principles, process and policies to guide future development in the region.

Groups Plan to Celebrate Democracy, Work to Make It Stronger

Public Celebration to Feature Music and Speakers
October 29, 2013

Members of the Perry County chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, the Hazard Perry County Branch of the NAACP, and the Democratic Women’s Club of Perry County are pleased to announce Celebrating Democracy, an event to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5 at City Hall in downtown Hazard.


KFTC welcomes governor’s announcement, supports public input about vision and strategies for a just transition in Appalachia

Shaping Our Appalachian Region builds on groundwork from Appalachia's Bright Future Conference
October 28, 2013

KFTC members welcome plans for a summit in December to gather and share ideas about ways to build a healthy, diverse economy in eastern Kentucky – ideas that many of the region's residents have been exploring for several yerars. The summit was announced today by Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and other elected officials.

Northern Kentucky Loves Democracy

Week of events to focus on keeping democracy healthy in a non-election year
October 25, 2013

The Northern Kentucky KFTC Chapter and several other local organizations and businesses are making possible a series of events to allow residents to interact with local officials, while also focusing on ways to strengthen our democractic institutions.

Groups Ask Court To Strike Rule That Lets Coal Companies Dump in Streams

Action demands Interior Department to reinstate “Stream Buffer Zone” safeguard
October 22, 2013

Just before leaving office, former President George Bush eliminated a key protection for Appalachian waterways known as the Stream Buffer Zone. The Obama administration pledged to reverse this action but thus far has failed to do so. Today a broad coalition of citizen and environmental groups asked the U.S. District Court to restore that protection.

The Price of Justice

Carmichael's and KFTC to Host West Virginia Attorney Bruce Stanley
August 14, 2013

Carmichael's Bookstore and KFTC will host a discussion and book signing with West Virginia attorney Bruce Stanley on Wednesday, August 21 at 7 PM at Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue. Mr. Stanley is one of the lawyers who led the battle to bring Massey Energy coal baron Don Blankenship to justice. This event is free and open to all.

KFTC member Ethan Hamblin receives 2013 Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Award

August 8, 2013

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has awarded 22-year-old Ethan Hamblin, a Berea College senior and KFTC member, of Gays Creek (Perry County) the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award.

Appalachia's Bright Future

April conference to focus creating economic opportunities
March 25, 2013

Eastern Kentucky’s economy is changing fast, and a group of folks in the region believe they can help move it in a positive direction. They’ll come together for three days to focus on the challenges and opportunities facing eastern Kentucky, and ways to shape a just transition for the region, at the Appalachia’s Bright Future: A Conversation on Shaping a Just Transition conference taking place April 19-21 in Harlan.


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